Unusual arctic-like conditions during Wednesday's SMU practice were not enough to dampen Kendrick Igbinoba's experience.
The 2014 Richardson running back was on the Hilltop for junior day a couple of months ago but decided to return for an unofficial visit, where he spent time observing practice and taking in the atmosphere.
"It was the first college practice I've been to so I was really excited," he said. "I thought most colleges would have more physical practices, but it was really laid back. It was different, but I liked it. My dad really loved. He wants me to go to SMU if they offer."
Igbinoba spent most of his visit watching the running backs and offensive line work together. While the two groups got a water break, he utilized the time to talk to fill-in running backs coach Timmy Chang and his recruiter, Wes Suan.
"Coach Chang wants me to keep in contact via email. He said he really likes my tape but explained that pass protection was a big part of their offense," Igbinoba said. "Coach Suan says I'm close to picking up an offer, but he just wants to see me do well when he comes to watch me later this spring."
As Igbinoba made his way towards the end zone to watch the quarterbacks and wide receivers, he was stopped by head coach June Jones, who shared some words of encouragement.
"It was very humbling to meet Coach Jones," he said. "He talked to me a lot about the offense and Garrett Gilbert. He also told me a little bit about their new running back Traylon Shead. He said that I remind him of Shead because we're both big backs. He said that he wants to watch me this spring and told me to keep working hard."
The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder played a little bit of everything on offense for Richardson last season but is focused on becoming a more complete back this spring. If he does, Igbinoba says he's confident he'll pick up an SMU offer.
"I just have to look good when they see me. If they offer, SMU would definitely be in my top five," he said. "I really like how they teach you at practice, and it's a good school. Being close to home also helps."
Igbinoba added that coaches from Mississippi State, Oregon State and ULM will be also be checking him out later this spring.
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