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Utah Commit Discusses SMU Offer

By Russell Palmer

It is starting to feel like a broken record playing over and over.

A high profile recruit has interest in SMU, receives an offer, and never hears from the coaching staff again. That's the story for Raelon Singleton, a 6-foot-5 wide receiver out of Crosby (TX).

After picking up an offer from SMU, Singleton failed to receive any follow up interest so his commitment to Utah remains strong.

"I felt comfortable with the coaches at Utah, that was the main reason," he said. "They seemed to show more interest in me than any other school."

Singleton holds a total of 11 offers from the likes of Houston, Iowa State, and San Diego State but says one of the most befuddling offers he received was from SMU.

"To be honest I didn't even know they offered me until my high school coach told me about it," he said. "And I really haven't heard from SMU since."

Although it seems that the Mustang coaches have mishandled Singleton's recruitment to this point, he did offer a bit of hope for Mustang fans, especially since SMU is still looking for a bigger, more physical receiver.

"Right now I am committed to Utah," he said. "But I won't turn down any school that shows interest in me."

For now, Singleton is happy with his Utah commitment, and says he is trying to focus on football and his upcoming senior season.



Highly Touted Corner Camps With SMU

By Russell Palmer

Despite holding offers from programs such as BYU, Wake Forest, and Colorado, Houston Kinkaid cornerback Thomas Dillon is still out to prove he is worth more offers.

Dillon spent time at SMU's satellite camp in Houston and was happy with what he learned and what he heard from the SMU coaches.

"I went to the satellite camp. It was real good. They spent a lot of time teaching us technique and footwork drills," he said. "We also did one on one's and I felt I did well on those too."

Dillon also spent time talking to his primary recruiter and was pleased to finally have a chance to talk to a member of the Mustang staff.

"I haven't heard back much from the SMU coaches recently so to see them at the camp was good," he said. "Coach (Derrick) Odum basically said he would focus on my senior season and go from there."

Standing at 5-foot-11, 173-pounds, Dillon already has the size of a college corner and spoke highly of the Mustang program.

"SMU is not too far from home. I'm not opposed to travel, it would be nice to get away from home but not too far," Dillon said. "I also like how SMU is in the Highland Park area of Dallas and that is not secluded. There are things to do."

If SMU does offer, one thing that could help SMU is its top0notch education including its sports management major.

"I want to find a school that has a little bit of everything, a school that can help me on and off the field," he said. "I want to do sports business, so I want a school that can offer summer internships for my major."



Alabama CB High On SMU

By Beionny Mickles

2014 Hoover (AL) defensive back Tyler Spurling is still patiently waiting on an offer. The 5-foot-11 178-pound cornerback has been contacted by a number of programs but none of them have pulled the trigger.

Southern Miss and Alabama State are two of the schools that have consistently contacted Spurling alongside a few others including SMU.

Spurling got a chance to see the Hilltop first hand when he accompanied one of his cousins who currently attends the university to campus about a year ago.

"I really like the school, and I really like the campus," Spurling said.

Spurling said SMU defensive backs coach Derrick Odum attended his school's spring practices and messaged him with an invitation to their summer camp on July 28th.

SMU isn't the only camp that Spurling may be attending however. The cornerback says that this coming Sunday he will be traveling to Tennessee to attend the Vanderbilt Commodores camp before heading out to Tallahassee for the Florida State's football camp.

While camping, Spurling expects to spend time with each defensive coordinator to get a feel for how they run their defenses. He also wants to make sure he feels comfortable in the campus environment.

Spurling, who has only been recruited as a cornerback thus far, says that he doesn't want to wait too long to find a school that is right for him. Finding that school is currently his main priority.

"My biggest goal for this offseason is trying to find a college before the season starts," Spurling said.

Spurling says the believes SMU is the school closest to offering at this point and if they were to do so, he might just pull the trigger.

"They're pretty high up there actually," Spurling said. "I'd probably commit."



Prep School Linebacker Camps With SMU

By EJ Holland

Eron Williams had his fare share of grade problems during his time at Houston Yates, which prevented him from earning an FBS scholarship.

Now, Williams is spending a year at Southeast Prep, where he hopes to improve his academics and make a name for himself in the recruiting world. The 6-foot, 215-pounder has camped at Baylor and Texas this summer and most recently SMU.

"I got to the Houston camp late, but I dove straight into it when I got there. I felt like I did pretty well, but I could have done better," he said. "It was good to go against people competing for a scholarship and to learn from college coaches."

Williams has exchanged emails with SMU defensive coordinator Tom Mason throughout the last couple of months and had the opportunity to speak to him after the camp.

"He told me that they were still interested in me, but he didn't exactly tell me where I stood as far as an offer or anything like that," Williams said. "He just said they were still looking at me and that he wanted me to go up there for a visit."

If SMU does extend an offer, Williams said he would be very interested.

"I'm really considering SMU," he said. "It's a good school, and it's close to home so I might take a visit depending on my schedule. I have a couple of friends, Cedric Lancaster and Zelt Minor, that signed there so it would be a good place to play."

Houston, Purdue and Wyoming have also expressed interest in Williams.



2016 Standout Plans On Camping At SMU

By EJ Holland

The SMU basketball coaching staff is known for getting an early jump on kids so it's no surprise that an invitation to next month's elite camp was extended to 2016 W.T. White point guard Steve Gebremelecot.

The 6-foot, 140-pounder has been playing with ProSkills Elite this summer and hopes to make an impression on head coach Larry Brown when he makes his way to the Hilltop.

"I'm really good at being a game changer. I can shoot 3's, and I have good vision. I love getting my teammates involved," he said. "I'm just excited to show what I can do."

Although he doesn't know too much about SMU, Gebremelecot is interested in learning more.

"I heard it's a good school. I'm not too big on it yet because I don't know much, but I hope I will be after I visit," he said. "Coach Brown is a really good coach that coached in the NBA so that's big for me. It'll be cool to learn from him."

Gebremelecot hasn't been receiving much interest from schools yet but would prefer to stay in Texas.



Central Texas RB Will Camp At SMU

By Omar Majzoub

Harker Heights running back Marcus Anderson has had a slow recruitment since sitting out the first half of last season with a stress fracture in his fibula.

But the 5-foot-9, 200-pounder has started impressing coaches at camps throughout the summer and hopes to do the same at SMU later this month.

"I was at SMU for junior day and I'm supposed to be going to their camp at the end of July," he said. "I like it a lot. I feel like I could make it my home because of how the coaches welcomed me. Also, it's not too big or too small."

Anderson has been to camps at Houston, New Mexico, Texas State and Baylor already, but has yet to pick up any offers. He also plans on attending camps at Colorado and Kansas State but wants his visit to the Hilltop to be the last one he makes.

"This may sound cliché, but I want to go somewhere I will feel at home," he said. "Size of the school doesn't necessarily matter, I just want the coaches to know me for who I am."

Anderson also runs track at Harker Heights, but has shifted his focus to football exclusively. He says he was surprised by the amount of people at SMU's junior day but was blown away by the facilities.

"SMU would be a favorite because they were the first ones to talk to me," he said. "That meant a lot, no doubt about it. I hope they are still interested in me, but I haven't heard much from them."

Anderson has worked incredibly hard this offseason to improve his strength and conditioning and hopes to bounce back from what he called a disappointing junior season. If he is able to have a successful senior year and avoid injuries, his recruiting could really take off.

"I have terrific vision," he said. "I am able to see holes really well and I'm a natural runner. Next year, I'm going to prove to everybody that I shouldn't be slept on."



San Antonio DE Hoping For SMU Offer

By Omar Majzoub

SMU's reputation for outstanding academics has always been a major factor in their recruiting. Many prospects feel playing for the Mustangs will also allow them a great opportunity to receive an excellent education.

San Antonio Brandeis defensive end Corey Hayes is searching for a program close to home with great academics and believes SMU would be a perfect fit.

"They would definitely be a favorite if they offered me," he said. "I really liked the campus when I came for junior day. It was under construction, I understand that, but it was a great experience and I really enjoyed it."

The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder hasn't picked up an offer yet after tearing his MCL last season. But Hayes has made a concerted effort this summer to reach out to schools in hopes his recruitment turns around.

"The last time I visited SMU was for junior day, so that was a while back," he said. "I know Coach (Wes) Suan is the recruiter for SMU around here, so I have tried to get in contact with him, but I haven't really been able to."

Boise State, Rice and UTSA have also shown interest in the 2014 prospect. He says he hopes to find a program where he can grow as a football player and student.

"I am highly interested in SMU because I care a lot about academics," he said. "I want to be able to choose my major and not worry about football interfering too much with it. That would be a big turn-off for me."

Hayes wants to play defensive end in college and thinks he can cause havoc with his 4.7 speed. He hopes the SMU coaching staff takes notice of his physical abilities next season when he is fully healthy.

"I have a pretty good pass rush and ball get off," he said. "I am also pretty good at run defense. Next year, I am hoping to make all-state and set school records. But first and foremost, I want to keep an A average and have an offer before signing day."

Most schools will wait to start offering Hayes after seeing how he recovers from his injury but at this point, SMU appears to be the favorite.



Local Athlete Interested

By Beionny Mickles

2014 athlete Terrance Ivery makes up in heart what he lacks in height.

Ivery, who is playing quarterback for Mansfield Legacy, will undoubtedly have to switch positions at the next level. The 5-foot-8 185-pound athlete says that he is most likely going to be converted to inside wide receiver but has developed a good reputation for being multi-dimensional.

"Whatever my coach tells me to do I always do my best," Ivery said. "Losing is not in my mentality. My coach has told me that he can basically depend on me to do anything."

Ivery says that the best asset of his game is his quickness which he could help him to earn a spot as a punt returner or kick returner. Ivory says one of his biggest goals is improving his flat line speed from a 4.48 40-yard-dash time to a 4.45 or lower.

Ivery currently holds no offers but has gained interest from Oklahoma, Iowa and SMU. Ivery was on the list of local athletes invited to the Mustang junior day back in March but could not attend. Ivery says that he thinks highly of SMU because one of his good friends is on the coaching staff.

One of SMU's most recent hires, graduate assistant Tommy Poynter, was the offensive line coach at Mansfield Legacy for a short time and got to know Ivory well. Ivery says he and Poynter first met at a church camp and have been friends ever since.

Ivery is also connected to SMU by one of his teammates, offensive tackle Chad Pursley, who has already committed to SMU. Ivery says he and Pursley have a good relationship and that he's a great student as well as athlete.

"Chad, he's a good athlete. We play basketball together too," Ivory said. "He's a good person. He's smart, intelligent. He's good."

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