Playing opposite of TCU signee Ranthony Texada helped Frisco Centennial cornerback Ian Neithercut in more ways than one. And although he learned a lot from his teammate, Neithercut was often overshadowed.
Despite recording 86 tackles and two interceptions for one of the top teams in the metroplex, Neithercut has received very little interest from FBS schools. But he hopes that changes this offseason and believes an SMU offer could be on its way after visiting for junior day last month.
"At the end of the day, I was able to briefly speak to Coach Mason," Neithercut said. "He said he's seen my tape and really likes me. But he didn't offer. He said he was going to come see me and my teammate Stoney Hawkins this spring and will make his decision then."
Neithercut says an offer from SMU would be a dream come true. He loves how close to home the school is but was surprised to learn how much SMU offers off the field.
"I got to see the facilities and the locker room. It was really cool," he said. "I was really impressed with the academics though. They have a lot to offer. I want to major in business, and their business school is top notch. It's a really good school with a nice and small campus."
New Mexico, North Texas and Rice are three other schools showing interest in Neithercut. The 5-foot-9, 170-pounder says SMU would top his list at the moment, but he also enjoyed his time at UNT junior day.
"It was pretty good. I think they may be close to offering too. The thing that was really impressive was all of their new facilities," Neithercut said. "The problem though was that it was an open junior day, and there were way too many people."
This spring, Neithercut will be attending various camps throughout the area and hopes to keep improving on his 4.5 speed.
"I want to get my 40 down to a 4.46. I'll be at the NIKE training Camp and a few others," he said. "I feel like I'm a smart player, and I'm really quick. I just have to keep working hard and getting faster."
Neithercut Hoping For SMU Offer
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