Purdue Commit Still Interested In SMU

Dallas First Baptist WR Trae Hart committed to Purdue but likes SMU

Dallas First Baptist wide receiver Trae Hart did not take long to make his commitment after picking up his first scholarship offer.

Earlier this week, on his way to school, Hart received word from his high school coach that a certain Big 10 program was on the phone and was waiting to give him some good news.

"I was really surprised. I was on my way to school and got a call that Purdue had called my high school coach, and that they wanted to talk to me," Hart said. "I got really excited when they offered me. I was surprised that the offer came so soon, but I wasn't that surprised that is was Purdue because they had watch me play and looked at my tape.

"I'm really excited it was Purdue that offered because they are in the Big 10, a big time conference, and I like their coaches. I talked to Coach (Darrell) Hazell, and he seems like a real nice guy who turned around Kent State and is a really good coach."

After talking it over with his parents, Hart called the Boilermakers back later that same day, and gave his verbal commitment. Hart said that while he is committed to being a Boilermaker, he would listen if other programs call.

"I'm interested in what other schools have to say, but I am a Purdue Boilermaker," he said. "That's where I am committed, but I'll still listen if other teams show interest."

One of those teams could in fact be SMU, which has maintained relatively constant contact with Hart, who says if the Mustangs did offer, he would deeply consider it.

"That would be very interesting if SMU offered," he said. "I would have to talk to my parents and family, and I would think about it, but beyond that I don't know, but it would be interesting."

Now that he has finally received his first offer and has offered his verbal commitment, Hart says he is focused on getting ready for the upcoming season, rather than worry about his recruitment.

"Being committed now gives me time to focus on my game," he said. "It is a huge weight lifted off of my shoulders, and I can worry about getting stronger and better, and not have to worry about, ‘Will this school offer me?' or not. It is just a huge weight lifted and now I can focus on football."

Hart's Dallas First Baptist team will scrimmage Bishop Dunne next Monday. SMU defensive backs coach Derrick Odum is expected to attend.

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