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Local Small Forward Holds SMU Offer

By Russell Palmer

Of all the early trends Hall of Famer Larry Brown and his staff have established on the recruiting trail so far, one of the most prevalent has been targeting point guards and centers in the 2014 class.

But that did not stop Brown from extending an offer to Dallas Kimball small forward Trent Brinkley.

Brinkley is the former teammate of current Mustang Keith Frazier, and although the two haven't talked much since Frazier officially enrolled at SMU, Brinkley could easily see himself playing with his former teammate.

"I actually haven't talked to him yet, since he started at SMU but playing with him again would be great," he said.

Brinkley has spent the summer playing with his AAU team Dallas Showtyme, and has seen his recruitment heat up over the summer.

"The AAU season was pretty good," he said. "Right now SMU, North Texas and Wichita State are the teams that are showing the most interest in me."

While the 6-foot-5, 200-pounder said he as no leaders as of now, Brinkley beamed at the opportunity to play for such a renowned coach like Brown and join a Mustang program that is on the rise.

"I think it would be great to play for Coach Brown, he brings lots of experience in both the NBA and college, so it would be great to play for a guy like that," he said. "I like SMU a lot. It is a good school academically, and Keith Fraizer is there obviously so they have that Kimball connection that not to many other schools have."

With presumably three spots in the 2014 class, Brinkley may not be on the top of recruiting board, but would be a solid addition if SMU whiffs on some of the higher profile recruits being targeted.

Coach Has High Praise For Ingram

By Beionny Mickles

If anyone knows the strengths, weaknesses, mental capacity, work ethic and naturally ability of a high school football player's on the field play, it should be the guy pacing the sidelines sporting eye bags and a headset on any given Friday night.

Dallas Carter coach Patrick Williams has watched wide receiver Jordan Ingram, one of the newest additions to the SMU family, develop into a player good enough to compete at the FBS level and is thrilled at the fact that Ingram committed to SMU.

"I think he made a great choice," Williams said. "He's a smart kid. He's one of those kids that will do what you ask him to do, and I think that he's going to fit well into that system."

Williams says Ingram possess exceptional speed as well as a great level of concentration when catching the ball in traffic. Williams added that when it comes to attacking the field between the hashes, Ingram isn't afraid.

"Every program wants a receiver that can stretch the field and the number one thing he's going to be able to do is stretch the field," Williams said. "Number two, he does a great job of keeping his concentration when catching the ball across the middle. He's not afraid to go across the middle of the field."

As far as improvements to his game, Williams says Ingram needs to continue to get stronger as well as work on his route running. At Carter, the offense featured wide receivers that could play multiple positions. Williams thinks this has contributed to Ingram's versatility and is a major reason why Ingram won't have a problem playing inside receiver, outside receiver or both for the Mustangs.

Off the field, Williams says Ingram is a student that carries himself with maturity who seldom finds himself in predicaments arousing from disorderly conduct or misbehavior.

"He's a great kid," Williams said. "He's one of those kids that you would never hear about getting into trouble or anything like that. He comes from a good family with both parents at home so he's great off the field."

With the history that Dallas Carter has created in terms of high school football and the athletes produced in the past, SMU might have opened up a gold mine for the future.

Williams says he has been anxiously waiting for the SMU- Dallas Carter connection to formulate, and he is excited to see what happens in seasons to come.

"That's what I've been waiting on," Williams said. "I've been waiting on that pipeline to open back up to SMU. I think June Jones is an excellent coach, he's a proven coach, and I think that pipeline would be excellent for SMU as well as Carter."

Local Prospect With Multiple Offers Visits SMU

By EJ Holland

Anthony Hines hasn't even experienced his first day of high school yet.

But the 2017 linebacker out of Dallas Episcopal already holds offers from Akron and Mississippi State. Plenty of more scholarships are expected to come his way over the next few years including one from SMU.

As they say, recruiting never sleeps, and it would smart for the Mustangs to jump on this rising prospect while they have the chance. Earlier this week, Hines was on the Hilltop for an unofficial visit.

"It went great. I loved it. The campus and facilities were really nice," he said. "I'm going to go back for practice tomorrow and see more of the campus."

Hines also hopes to continue bonding with the SMU coaching staff.

"My favorite part of the visit was just building a relationship with Coach (Dan) Morrison and Coach (Tom) Mason," he said. "They were asking me about my grades. They said they wouldn't offer me until after my first few games. They just need to see me play. They were easy to talk to and made me feel comfortable."

If the Mustangs do end up offering, Hines says they would be very high on his early list. The 6-foot, 200-pounder is also getting interest from LSU, Oklahoma State and Ole Miss, but conference affiliation is not a big factor for the young athlete.

"The size of the school isn't really important to me. What I like about SMU is their great academics and the fact that it is right across the street from home," he said. "Right now, I'm really interested in what they have to offer."

Phillips Targeting Golden Triangle RB

By Russell Palmer

With 14 commitments so far in their 2014 class, SMU will try to fill the remaining spots with players that fill a need including at running back.

With no players committed so far at the position, Justen Hervey could very well be offered in the near future.

Hervey, out of Beaumont West Brook, has been in contact with the SMU coaches over the summer and likes what he is hearing from his primary recruiter, Jason Phillips, who was at one of his practices this spring.

"He (Phillips) said it is a great program, and that they are now a winning program, and that they want me to come play running back for them," he said. "Coach Phillips added me on Facebook to stay in contact, but I don't know where I stand as far as an offer from them."

Hervey holds offers from Houston and Texas State but is very interested in what the Mustangs have to offer as a whole, not just a football program.

"I like SMU because they are a real good school, and I am excited to learn more about them and are definitely interested in SMU," he said.

While Hervey already has offers in hand, he is looking to add more, and hopes SMU is among them, along with schools such as Arkansas State, Texas A&M, Utah and Tulsa.

For now Hervey, who rushed for 827 yards and 11 touchdowns last year, is focused on his upcoming season, and hopes to improve on one major part of his game.

"I've been working on my agility and balance so that when I need to I can make a move in traffic," he said. "My speed comes from track, so I've been working day and night on my lateral movement to go along with my speed."

SMU Offer Close For Houston-Area LB

By Beionny Mickles

FB Bush linebacker Olasunkanmi Adeniyi has one offer in the bag but is on the lookout for a lot more. Texas Southern is the only school that has pulled the trigger on the athlete, but Adeniyi says with all the interest he's been getting, it is only a matter of time before more offers are sent his way.

Adeniyi says the schools showing interest are North Texas, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, New Mexico, Texas State, Houston and a few other schools including SMU.

"I've been getting a bunch of interest," Adeniyi said. "I think the ones closest to offering are North Texas, Iowa State, Oklahoma and SMU."

The Mustangs' defensive coordinator Tom Mason is the recruiter that Adeniyi has been in contact with most. Adeniyi says he has talked with Mason via email and spoke with him face to face at the SMU satellite camp held in Houston.

"I did go to SMU's camp, and they fell in love with me," the 6-foot-2, 237-pound 2014 athlete said. "They told me they're going to wait for my second or third game to throw me an offer."

Adeniyi says SMU's feelings towards him are mutual and if they were to offer, he would definitely consider the option of playing for the Ponies.

"I really like the coaches," Adeniyi said. "It really looks like a good school. I plan on taking a visit up there some time."

Adeniyi says one of the biggest things he is looking for when considering schools is the opportunity to earn playing time as a freshman. Because of his ability to effectively utilize his size, Adeniyi thinks he could add value and versatility in his very first year on campus.

"I really think I could add a lot because of my size, speed and ability to play offense and defense," Adeniyi said. "I can play d-line, linebacker, tight end and running back so I would be a good use to any team I go to."

Ontiveros Camps At SMU

By Adam Grosbard

2014 Brownwood defensive back Kaimon Ontiveros is very interested in playing football at SMU. In fact, if the Mustangs were to offer, he would consider committing.

"[My interest level] is pretty high," Ontiveros said. "They have a really good academic program. Their football program is definitely picking up. They're about to have a top-notch football program, and it just seems like a fun environment."

Ontiveros participated in SMU's final summer football camp and was pleased with his performance.

"The camp went good," he said. "There were a lot more kids than I expected so the reps were kind of limited. I felt that I did good with the reps I got. They have a different technique than I learned at my school so that was good."

Ontiveros, listed at 5-foot-11, 180-pounds, plays safety for Brownwood. One of his former high school teammates, Derek Longoria, is a current Mustang and another reason that Ontiveros is considering SMU.

Ontiveros went to three SMU games last season and visited during junior day so he extremely familiar with everything on the Hilltop.

"The campus is nice," Ontiveros said. "It's beautiful."

Vanderbilt, UTSA, UNT, Texas State and a few Ivy schools are also recruiting Ontiveros. But SMU appears to be around the top of his list at then moment.

SMU coaches Derrick Odum and Hal Mumme have been recruiting Ontiveros throughout the process, and he hopes to continue building a strong relationship with them.

Rising DE Camps At SMU

By Adam Grosbard

2014 Greeneville defensive end John Franklin is strongly considering playing for SMU next season. But he needs to pick up an offer first.

If the Ponies do extend a scholarship, Franklin may pull the trigger.

"I really like [SMU]," Franklin said. "I'm thinking about coming here."

At 6-foot-4, 237-pounds, Franklin would fill a void for the Mustangs on the defensive line. Franklin took the opportunity at SMU's camp to show off what his talents to the coaching staff and to improve for his senior year.

"I liked camp," says Franklin. "It was fundamental stuff like pass rushing, and I liked that. Just teaching us moves that I can use next season."

Although he's still waiting to land his first offer, there is a good chance that Franklin will play football at the next level. After all, he was a standout at the TCU and UTSA camps earlier this summer and is also getting recruited by Baylor and UNT.

But he is putting SMU high on his list.

"SMU is probably second behind Baylor," Franklin said. "SMU is rising. That's the main thing. I just like how the program is going up."

Franklin, who is being recruited by defensive line coach Bert Hill, says he would like to return to SMU for an unofficial visit this season.

For now, Franklin has lofty goals for his senior year.

"I'm getting all-state, first team all-state," Franklin said. "And I just want to go to college."

Local Athlete Visits SMU

By EJ Holland

When SMU held its final summer camp last weekend, many top prospects decided to merely watch and take a tour around campus.

Highland Park athlete Sammy Wilson was one of those recruits. Wilson is still recovering from a hamstring injury he suffered at SMU's satellite camp in Austin but did get a chance to get an in-depth look at everything on the Hilltop and hopes to visit again during fall camp.

"The business school really caught my eye," Wilson said. "It was really nice to hear from a professor. I liked the campus, and I can't wait to go back and visit again. I noticed that they were going to build new dorms so that also caught my attention

"I'm going to schedule another visit soon. I wanted to participate in the camp, but I didn't want to rush it. I feel like my hamstring is at 90 percent. But with football season coming up, I didn't want to risk it."

Wilson, who is getting recruited by SMU quarterbacks coach Dan Morrison, understands SMU's class is filling up. But he says even if an offer isn't extended, he would love a spot as a preferred walk-on.

"SMU is still my No. 1. If I don't get offered, I would be just as happy to be a preferred walk-on," he said. "SMU is kind of the perfect size. It's close to home, and really I like it."

Wilson focused solely on track last season and did not play football, which has really hurt his recruitment. But the 5-foot-11, 195-pounder will be back on the gridiron this season and is expected to contribute at running back for the Scots.

"I'm excited about two-a days. I'm very eager to start practicing and curious to see how it goes," Wilson said. "The main thing is just learning the plays and working on my skills. I just want to be prepared."

Wilson has also been attracting interest from Navy, Washington State and a few Ivy League schools.

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