SMU Offers Austin-Area Safety

Smithville S Khalil McCathern talks about his SMU offer and more!

Even with Nate Gaines and Jordan Wyatt committed, SMU is still looking to add another defensive back in the Class of 2014. Over the weekend, the Mustangs extended an offer to Smithville safety Khalil McCathern.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder, who is also being looked at by some schools as an outside linebacker, is the typical tall, athletic safety SMU has been targeting the last few years. But McCathern hardly knows anything about the program.

"It was surprising when I got the offer. I've been out of town so I haven't really talked to my coach about it so I mean, it was just surprising," he said. "I haven't talked to anybody from SMU. I've just gotten a couple of letters."

McCathern says he hopes to find out who his recruiter is in the next couple of weeks and would like to learn more about SMU.

"I just know it's a good school academically," he said. "But I'm interested. I want to find a school that has a good graduation rate for football players, a nice campus and produces NFL players."

McCathern also holds offers from Texas State and Texas Tech, which is currently his favorite.

"Texas Tech is definitely my top option. It's a good school, and I've talked to the coaches a few times, and I really like them," he said. "They're doing good things up there."

McCathern has camped at Baylor twice and is still trying to plan out the rest of his summer. At the moment, he has no visits scheduled and no timeframe to make a decision.

Last season, McCathern earned first team all-district honors after racking up 102 tackles and three interceptions. Smithville head coach Wayne Childs has even bigger expectations for McCathern in 2013.

"He is a very physical safety. He is a game changer," Childs said. "He is not scared to get in the box and be a fourth linebacker. I'm very excited as to what he can do this coming year."

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