Local DB Hoping For SMU Offer

Prestonwood Christian S Austin Tankersley recently camped at SMU!

Prestonwood Christian defensive back Austin Tankersley arrived on the Hilltop for SMU's football camp hoping to impress the Mustang coaching staff.

But due to an unfortunate injury, the 2014 prospect suffered a minor setback. Tankersley, who was also on campus for SMU junior day, still came away impressed with what SMU had to offer.

"The camp did not go very well. I pulled my hamstring during the 40-yard dash in the beginning," he said. "I really like SMU. I have visited before and like the campus. I got to talk to coach Tom Mason, who I have a good relationship with. SMU just has everything."

Prestonwood head coach Chris Cunningham says Tankersley has the size and speed (4.5) to play either linebacker or safety at the next level.

Tankersley, who stands at 6-foot, 200-pounds, is getting recruited by SMU at the latter and maintains high interest in the Mustangs, due to its proximity to home and his relationship with Mason.

"He (Mason) said I am definitely at the level of player SMU is looking for," Tankersley said. "He said I'd fit in well and said I could fit in at strong safety."

Although Tankersley does not hold any offers as of now, he has been generating interest in a few schools that all share one important trait- academics.

"Lots of Ivy League schools are recruiting me because I have good grades and good test scores," he said. "I am also looking at schools with higher academics, like UNC and Wake Forrest."

Iowa, Louisiana Tech and UNT are other programs that have shown strong interest. But due to SMU's strong academic profile, Tankersley says the Mustangs are really standing out from the pack.

For now, Tankersley is focused on getting that elusive first offer, and has pinpointed some areas in his game to improve upon after recording 70 tackles and two interceptions as junior.

"As a defensive back I mostly want to improve on my footwork and speed," he said.

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