After visiting the Hilltop, 2015 Sherman (TX) offensive lineman Aaron Garza simply did not see enough to make SMU one of his top contenders. As of now, they are amongst the middle of the pack.
"It would be a great place to go to school, but they're not really catching my attention yet," Garza said. "Maybe they have something that I haven't seen just yet. Junior day was neat. They talked a lot about the academics and the campus which really interested me."
Bert Hill is the recruiter over Garza's area. But Garza says he didn't get a chance to have a conversation with Hill because the SMU defensive line coach was busy.
The 6-foot-3 315-pound blocker says he recently lost a scholarship offer from Michigan, which he obtained on his freshman year, but currently holds one offer from Baylor.
Garza says the two schools he is most interested in are Texas and Alabama, where he took an unofficial visit to last fall, although he has also received mail from Georgia, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Tulsa.
"It's what I've been working hard for since seventh grade," Garza said. "It's good to see that it's paying off a little bit. I thank the Lord every day in appreciation for all he does for me and for setting me up to be successful."
Garza believes that because of his height, most teams will recruit him as a guard, however, he says Tulsa has told him he could play tackle as well.
This offseason Garza plans to participate in power lifting and track as well as workouts to improve his strength and speed. Garza also says that he wants to improve on his run blocking, which he says is not on par with his pass blocking ability.
"I definitely want to improve my run blocking," Garza said. "I've never been 100 percent satisfied with my run blocking just because there's always room for improvement in every category and my liability to not do it as well as pass blocking."
Garza says that any team centered around a passing attack -he mentioned Texas specifically- would fit his blocking style. He says ‘smash-mouth football' teams such as Alabama look for guys who are better at run-blocking, which is why he wants to improve that part of his game.
"That's why I want to get better at run-blocking," Garza said. "Because I definitely want to win a national championship, and Alabama is the place to do it."
Aaron Garza: SMU Is Not Catching My Attention
Pony Stampede Top Stories
Game Preview: SMU vs. TempleScott previews SMU's road matchup against Temple to open AAC play on Saturday on ESPNews.
Pony StampedeYesterday at 9:35 AM
Five Players to Watch: SMU vs. TempleDemo breaks down five players to watch for SMU against Temple on Saturday.
Pony StampedeWednesday at 2:24 PM
Pony Stampede Podcast Sept. 28Come inside another edition of the Pony Stampede Podcast for the latest on the SMU hoops team and a TCU game breakdown.
Pony StampedeTuesday at 10:59 PM
2018 offensive lineman has SMU near the topBilly talked with 2018 Highland Park (Tex.) offensive lineman Thomas Shelmire about his recent SMU visit and recruitment.
Pony StampedeTuesday at 9:00 AM