After visiting SMU's fall camp last week with his father, Southlake Carroll offensive lineman and SMU commit Evan Brown is excited about joining the Mustangs next summer.
"I visited Wednesday, and I'm pretty sure it was their first day of full-pads," Brown said. "They got after it a little bit. Their team is looking pretty good, and it was pretty fun to watch. Me and my dad really enjoyed watching the 1-on-1's and learning a little bit from that."
The 6-foot-3, 290-pound Brown says he loved touring the SMU campus and actually has experience playing in Ford Stadium. In the past couple of seasons, Brown has helped the Dragons go deep in the playoffs, which has led to games on the Ponies' home turf.
"I've been there before, and the campus is beautiful," Brown said. "Before the practice we came about thirty minutes early, and we drove through the campus and it was very nice. The football facilities are great. We've played here at SMU about three or four times now so I love playing on that field."
While he did not talk with head coach June Jones, Brown took the opportunity at practice to talk to offensive line coach Wes Suan and strength and conditioning coach Mel deLaura.
"We talked about kind of just general stuff," Brown said. "They asked me how I'm doing this summer, what are my numbers, what I'm going to max out at the end of the summer and how [Southlake] is going to look on the field."
Brown has been told by Coach Suan that he will likely play at center or guard for the Mustangs and feels like he will be a good fit for Jones' Run N' Shoot offense.
"I feel I'll do well," Brown said. "They do more running than we do here at Southlake. We're about 50-50, maybe 60-40, pass-rush but SMU is more of running football team. I mean, I'm fine with that."
Since he committed to the Mustangs, Brown has received an offer from the Penn. He previously had received other offers from Tulsa and Yale as well as interest from Stanford, TCU, and Texas A&M.
But Brown says his commitment to SMU is still as solid as the day he committed.
"I would say I am committed no matter what," he said. "I am going to SMU."
At Southlake, Brown has just started two-a-days in preparation for his senior year and says practices are going well. Brown and his Southlake Carroll teammates have championship aspirations for this upcoming season.
"They're going good," Brown said. "We're padding up on Friday, and I'm excited for that. Right now, my goals are just to have a great senior season," said Brown, "and to make a run for the championship. We have the team to do it."
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