Darius Nelms came to SMU liking the idea of going to a small private university. After leaving the Hilltop his feelings were the same if not strengthened saying that SMU is one of the schools at the top of his list.
"TCU and SMU are my top two schools," said the 5-foot-8, 170-pound Conroe running back. "I like them because they're in a suburban area but they're private. SMU is right in the city and it has everything surrounding it that you would want like malls and restaurants. but it's not just wide open or congested. It's small and private."
While on campus, Nelms got to meet his recruiter, SMU secondary coach Derrick Odum, as well as running backs coach Wes Suan.
"I got a chance to talk with Coach Odum and Coach Suan, the running backs coach," Nelms said. "He (Suan) and my head coach are really good friends so he came to my school, and they were chatting it up. I think my coach put in a good word for me."
Nelms came to the SMU junior day with three of his teammates Carl Smith, Lonnie O'Neal and Zachary Carpenter.
Nelms said that he felt a lot more comfortable meeting new people and the coaches with familiar faces alongside him and that it was a great feeling to have four people from his program invited to the event.
"It's crazy because we were training after school one day talking about how cool it would be if we all signed to SMU," Nelms said. It's good because it's not just me that's making it, but it's other people on my team trying to make it and better themselves as well. I see that we're all headed in the right direction so it's a positive thing."
Nelms, who does not have any offers or other junior day invitations at this time, said the things that he liked most about his visit were the training rooms and the coaches.
"I really like the campus," Nelms said. "It's not too big but it's not too small either. I like the facilities, I like the coaching staff, and I found that it was a positive environment and somewhere where you can get your education and ball."
Nelms says now that offseason has begun he has been training with his coaches and coaching up the rest of his teammates. Nelms says that he has also been running track and preparing for the 7-on-7 competition his team will be participating in as well as preparing for spring football.
Nelms Interested In SMU After Visit
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