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Texas Titans Coach Scott Pospichal Talks SMU Prospects

By Omar Majzoub

The SMU basketball program may turn their attention more to in-state recruiting after the loss of assistant coach Jerrance Howard. One of the most talented AAU teams in the lone star state is the Texas Titans.

The Titans are filled with multiple four and five-star recruits that SMU has already shown interest in and head coach Scott Pospichal has grown very familiar with the program on the Hilltop.

"They seem to be on the right track and moving in the right direction," he said. "They now have a Hall of Fame coach and a beautiful campus in Dallas. That makes for a great culture and a great place to live. SMU is much more appealing than they were two years ago and is getting more appealing everyday."

2015 Frisco Liberty center Tyler Davis might the most intriguing player on Pospichal's team. SMU offered Davis earlier this spring and the 6-foot-9, 270 pound four-star responded with a 32-point, 19-rebound performance vs. the New Jersey Players at Nike EYBL.

"He is a great player," Pospichal said. "He is really, really talented and very, very tough. He competes real hard and doesn't mind getting physical. Tyler is also a great young man off the court with great character."

Another Titan SMU has already offered is 2014 point guard Alex Robinson. The 6-foot-1, 160 pound four-star attends Mansfield Timberview High School in Arlington and sits second behind Tyus Jones in assists at the EYBL through four sessions.

"Alex has got a lot of athleticism and a lot of skill," Pospichal said. "He has helped us a great deal. He needs to learn how to run a team a little more but he can score, dribble, drive and pass it. He is also really athletic, so he's just a very talented kid."

Robinson's teammate, four-star DJ Hogg, from Plano West is another kid SMU has targeted from the Class of 2015. Hogg is listed at 6-foot-7 and already holds multiple offers from Arizona, TCU, and Texas A&M.

"DJ is another high character kid," Pospichal said. "He is a great teammate, and he is very coachable. He has the gift that the minute he walks into the facility he is in range. He has also continually gotten better year after year."

Pospichal warns each one of his players to take the recruiting process slow and be respectful to everyone who calls them.

"Those guys get a ton of calls from schools," he said. "I told them to be honest and respectful. These recruiters are out there working hard for their programs so they should be told the truth when they show interest. It's never good to burn bridges."

All four players have expressed high interest in SMU so it will be interesting to see if Brown and co. can land at least one.



Texas State Commit Visiting SMU This Summer

By EJ Holland

After suffering a stress fracture and missing his entire junior season, Garland Naaman Forest wide receiver Marcus Perkins is determined to show he can play big time college football.

The 5-foot-8, 165-pounder is already committed to Texas State, but his verbal is ‘soft.'

"I wanted to show my first offer a lot of love. Texas State is basically like a small UT, and the coaches told me they believed in me so that's all I needed to hear," he said. "I went ahead and gave them a soft verbal. But until someone shows me otherwise, I'm a Bobcat."

SMU will have a chance to sway Perkins this summer. He plans to be on the Hilltop next month for an unofficial visit. Although the Mustangs have yet to offer, they are showing plenty of interest.

"One of their coaches came to watch me this spring, but he didn't talk to me. He just talked to my coach, and he told me they had interest in me," Perkins said. "I'm not exactly sure where I sand, but I know they are keeping tabs on me."

If SMU does offer, Perkins says he would be extremely interested.

"I love SMU. It's a great school academically, and they are on the rise," Perkins said. "I went to their camp last summer and ran a 4.4 so they should interest then. I just have to go down for the visit and see where I stand."

Perkins also hopes to visit Arkansas, ULM and UNT this summer. He plans to shut down everything in October.



Local QB Recaps Visit

By EJ Holland

Dallas Carter athlete Chris Henry didn't get to participate in SMU's camp last weekend because of paperwork issues, but he did take a tour of the campus and enjoyed his time on the Hilltop along with teammate Jordan Ingram.

"Coach (Eric) Daniels said he took over recruiting Carter and told us he was interested in us. He took us around SMU and showed us the facilities," Henry said. "It's a great university. Not too many people get to play big time football in their hometown, and I want to do that at SMU. "

Henry says his favorite part of the visit was simply learning about SMU's rich history and prestigious academics.

"He took us into their Hall of Fame area and told us about Jerry Levias and Eric Dickerson. I learned a lot SMU, and I was really impressed," Henry said. "The biggest thing Coach Daniels stressed was education. He told me SMU would really give me a great education so that's why they're No. 1 on my list."

Henry does not hold any offers at the moment but would like to develop a strong relationship with Daniels in hopes of picking one up from SMU.

"Coach Daniels said he was going to be in contact with us this summer. He's very cool and laid back," Henry said. "He was honest the whole tour. He told us he's young and ready to build bonds with us at Carter."

The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder plans to return to SMU for the Ponies' camp in July and will make an unofficial visit for the season opener.



2016 Skyline QB Camps At SMU

By EJ Holland

Only a sophomore at Dallas Skyline, Jacoby Williams is already in line to battle for the starting quarterback job this summer and had an impressive showing at SMU's camp this past weekend.

"My experience there was wonderful. I picked a few tips from Coach (Dan) Morrison," he said. "He wants to see how accurate a quarterback is and how we step towards our receiver so I focused on that. It felt good to be out there."

The 2016 prospect, who comes in at 6-foot-1, 190-pounds, is already receiving early interest from FBS schools and says his dream school is LSU, but he wouldn't mind staying close to him and playing on the Hilltop.

"I'm interested in any school that shows interest in me so I like SMU," he said. "My sister goes there, and she loves it. The campus was beautiful and the facilities were all really nice."

One of Williams' favorite parts of the camp was getting to meet head coach June Jones.

"I shook hands with Coach Jones. We didn't have a long conversation, but it was nice to meet him," Williams said. "I like his offense, and I feel like with my brain, it could be a good fit for me."

Williams plans to camp at Baylor, LSU and Tulane this summer.



North Forney Athlete Camps At SMU

By Russell Palmer

2014 athlete Tritavious Jones was able to travel out to the Hilltop recently and participate in the SMU football camp. Jones, out of North Forney said the camp overall was a success as he was able to improve his game with new drills.

"I think it went good overall. I thought I did good in all the drills overall. I was able to work on my game and get better," he said. "I did all the drills 100 percent and tried to improve."

While on the Hilltop, Jones was able to talk briefly with a few members of the SMU coaching staff about how to continue his growth as a player but was unable to receive a concrete response on where he stands on his scholarship situation.

"I was able to talk to Coach (Tom) Mason at the end. We talked about the camp and my spring film because he has already seen my film from the past season," he said. "Unfortunately, there were a lot of people talking to Coach Mason at the end so I wasn't able to talk about my situation, which is something that I'm concerned about because SMU is a really good school."

Jones also holds interest in schools such as North Texas and Louisiana Tech, and has also had some contact with coaches at Texas A&M recently, yet he says he does not have any favorites right now.

"There is not one school I'm all into right now, because my main goal is to play at the next level, so any school that gives me that chance will be high on my list," he said.

In the meantime, Jones says he is focused on doing anything possible to achieve his ultimate goal of playing football on the next level.

"I run track to get my speed up, and get faster," he said. "I'm also working on my footwork and working in the weight room."



Plano West OL Camps At SMU

By Omar Majzoub

This past weekend, the SMU football program hosted a summer camp for recruits. Many players from all over the state gathered to meet the coaching staff and check out the facilities.

Among the many campers was Plano West offensive lineman Cody Arledge. The 6-foot-5, 240-pounder enjoyed his visit to the Hilltop and is heavily considering SMU.

"I like the school a lot," he said. "I have kept in contact with Coach Wes Suan a little bit and I came up for the camp a couple days ago. That was awesome, I got to work out with the offensive line coach and meet all the other coaches."

Arledge has started to narrow his list down to a few schools and mentioned Harvard, Wake Forest, Yale, and Navy as other possible candidates.

"I'm really looking for coaches that care about their players," he said. "Honestly, that's my most important thing. I also want a good academic school. I think SMU fits both criteria."

Arledge may be ready to make a decision after the summer. After that, he wants to focus on preparing for his senior year and improving his game for college.

"I'm going to a bunch of camps this summer and doing a conditioning program at my high school," he said. "Intelligence is my biggest strength, I'm pretty football smart."

The SMU coaching staff will be looking to bounce back after the loss Waco Midway lineman Christian Beard earlier in the week and Alredge could be that answer.



Edwards Hopes To Hear From SMU

By EJ Holland

As the summer begins, Sachse wide receiver Tyrique Edwards has seen his recruitment really heat up. He recently picked up his first offer from Iowa and Iowa State and Minnesota could soon follow.

"The Iowa coaches came down to see me in person, and they had really high praise for me," he said. "Later on, they called and offered. It was like a sense of fresh air to get that first one. It was just a great accomplishment."

Now Edwards is looking for more. He attended SMU's junior day earlier this spring and would ‘love' an offer from the Mustangs. But the 5-foot-11, 175 pounder has lost contact with coaches.

"I haven't heard from SMU as much as I had been hearing when I went up there," he said. "I really love the campus and the competitive atmosphere. They are still one of my top 10 schools, but I just need to hear from them."

Last season, Edwards recorded 48 receptions for 705 yards and six touchdowns but hopes to surpass the 1,000-yard mark in 2013.

"I've been training with my personal trainer everyday, and I try to work out twice a day," he said. "I want 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns and definitely no drops."

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