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What I Expect From Mudiay

By EJ Holland

Five-star point guard Emmanuel Mudiay is set to make his decision tomorrow. Obviously, y'all are aware of that. So will it be Kentucky or SMU?

If you listen to my podcast you know, I've always thought SMU had a great chance to land Mudiay. I've talked to him in person three times this offseason, and the way he lights up when talking about Larry Brown is truly authentic.

When it comes to coaching point guards, there is arguably no one better than Brown, and Mudiay realizes this. To top it off, he can join Keith Frazier and do something really special in his hometown.

He's been on multiple visits to SMU and has yet to to take a trip up to Lexington. And Kentucky just offered Tyler Ulis so all signs point to Mudiay becoming a Mustang.

After speaking to various sources, I'm 99.9 percent Mudiay will 'shock the world' tomorrow and pick SMU.

4-Star WR Still Interested

By EJ Holland

2015 Prime Prep wide receiver James Proche was scheduled to make an unofficial visit to SMU this past weekend but had to cancel due to a death in his family.

Proche says he's not sure if he'll visit SMU this fall, the four-star prospect is still interested in the Mustangs.

"I'm still considering SMU. I'll always be interested in SMU since they were my first offer," Proche said. "I really like the coaching staff, and it's close to home."

Proche originally picked up his SMU offer in the spring but has since added scholarships from TCU and Tulsa. But bigger schools such as Baylor, Texas and Texas A&M have shown strong interest this summer.

With so many big time BCS programs poised to get in the mix, it will be pivotal for SMU wide receivers coach Jason Phillips to turn his recruitment of Proche up a notch.

"I haven't really heard from Coach Phillips much at all," Proche said. "But when I have talked to him, he's a really cool guy like we talk about anything from football to girls so I do like him. I feel like we can have a pretty good relationship."

When it comes to favorites, Proche says he doesn't know exactly when he'll be narrowing things down. But one school is standing out above the rest.

"Texas A&M was by far my favorite visit of the summer. If they offer, they would definitely be my favorite school," Proche said. "Coach (David) Beaty and Coach (Clarence) McKinney are both amazing coaches. I could see myself playing for them for four years. And playing in the SEC would be great. It's the best conference in the country."

Proche caught 11 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns in a short season last year. But he could easily triple those numbers in 2013.

"We had our first scrimmage against Trinity Christian Cedar Hill it went really good," he said. "Our offense looks explosive, and I'm really expecting a lot from our team. I think we can score 40 points a game and win a championship."

Tecklenburg Talks SMU Interest, Camp

By Scott Sanford

While the Class of 2014 is filling up quickly, the Class of 2015 is still wide open. With an inexperienced defensive line looking to make a name for themselves this coming season, the SMU staff is looking to add depth to the position.

Plano 2015 defensive tackle Sam Tecklenburg, who has received offers from SMU, Texas Tech and Tulsa, loves the direction the SMU program is headed and could see himself being a part of it.

Tecklenburg camped at SMU this summer and also visited practice during the spring and loved his experience on The Hilltop.

"I actually know Blake McJunkin (former SMU center) so he showed me around practice and the football facilities and I loved everything I saw," Tecklenburg said.

While camping at SMU, Tecklenburg got the chance to chat with defensive line coach Bert Hill and show him what he could do.

Although Hill, who offered and has been recruiting the defensive tackle, has not specified directly what position the Mustangs want the 6-foot-3, 260-pounder to play, the defensive line coach has hinted at one.

"I'm assuming he wants me on defense because when he refers to how I play, it's usually in regards to the defensive side of the ball," said Tecklenburg, who was an all-district tight end last season. "I wouldn't mind playing tight end, but I feel I could be the most useful at defensive tackle."

Along with SMU, Texas Tech and Tulsa have expressed the most interest Ole Miss and Baylor have recently jumped into the picture. At the moment, Tecklenburg has no favorites and wants to do some research on the schools interested in him before making any decisions.

"It's still really early in the recruiting process for me," he said. "I think all the schools interested have a unique quality to offer so I want to make sure I do my homework before making any decisions."

Tecklenburg said he would like to make visits to all of the schools that have offered him but because of SMU's location, he hopes to make it to a game this fall (although he admits with his upcoming season, it may be difficult to schedule).

Texas High WR Likes SMU

By Adam Grosbard

After watching his high school teammate Anthony Rhone commit to SMU earlier this year, wide receiver Taylor Jackson of Texas High School did more research on the Mustangs and wouldn't mind reconnecting with Rhone on the Hilltop.

"My interest level in SMU is pretty high," Jackson said. "One of my friends, Anthony Rhone, committed there already. We talk about going there from time to time. It would be really nice to play with him in high school and then again in college."

But playing with Rhone is not the only reason Jackson wants to play at SMU.

He visited campus to attend the SMU game against Southern Miss last season, and he camped with the Mustangs for the last camp of the summer.

"I've been there to visit, and I really liked how the campus looked," Jackson said. "They're really high on what my major would be, engineering. All of those things will be involved in my decision of whether to go there."

Jackson also felt welcomed by the SMU team.

"We got to talk to the coaches after the game," Jackson said. "They were really nice. Everyone was treating me like family. It was really nice being there. I could really call it home."

Jackson last spoke with wide receivers coach Jason Phillips, his main recruiter, after attending SMU's camp at the end of July.

"I spoke with Coach Phillips after camp and all the way through one-on-ones," said Jackson. "He saw me at one time and he said, ‘I really see something special in you. We'll be in contact.'"

Jackson has also been recruited by UTSA, UNT, and Rice.

Local RB Camped With SMU

By EJ Holland

SMU only has a few spots left in the Class of 2014 but the Mustangs could decide to take a running back. And if they do, Prime Prep's speedy tail back Daymon Smith may be an option.

Smith camped on the Hilltop last month and competed at both running back and cornerback. He stood out so much that he actually had conversations with both Derrick Odum and Wes Suan.

"I think I did pretty good. It was a good experience. I think I stacked up against the competition pretty well," Smith said. "I talked to Coach Odum and Coach Suan and they told me they would be in contact with me. They said to send them film from my first two games of this season. They seemed like really nice guys."

Prior to the camp, Smith says he had not been hearing from SMU but explained that the Prime Prep coaching staff has a really good relationship with the SMU coaching staff and his name was thrown around this summer.

If the Ponies do decide to pursue Smith, he would be extremely interested.

"My coaches made sure to let them know I was going to be there, which was great because I really like SMU," Smith said. "Honestly, I've always liked SMU, and I've watched their games ever since I was a kid. They are my favorite and if they offer, I'll probably commit."

Smith, who transferred to Prime Prep this offseason after rushing for 570 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior, has been passed up due to his size (5-8, 165) but he feels he can be a good scat back in the Run N' Shoot offense.

Although he currently has no offers, Smith is confident he'll pick up at least a few during the season and has lofty goals for 2013.

"We are really setting the bar here. We have some nice talent and potential, and I think we can have a great season," Smith said. "I'm just trying to help this team win and be the best running back in the state."

San Antonio RB Camps At SMU

By Russell Palmer

With all of the talent that is coming out of San Antonio high schools recently, it wouldn't be a bad idea for SMU to starting paying notice to the prospects coming from the area.

One prospect that SMU has been keeping in touch with is San Antonio Brennan running back Nathaniel Wells.

With no running back committed yet in the 2014 class, Wells is among of list of playmakers that could fill the void. Wells attended the SMU camp this summer and raved about his visit.

"I liked the camp at SMU. It was pretty good overall," Wells said. "I was able to talk to the running backs coach at SMU, and he said he wants to wait and see my video, and then contact me later in the season."

Wells, who stands at 5-foot-9, 175-pounds would be the sort of scat back that fits the Run N' Shoot well but in order to get his first offer, Wells has identified parts of his game he wants to get improve upon.

"I'm trying to get better at blocking," he said. "That's the most important thing, and that's what I've really been working on this summer."

Although Wells is currently without an offer, SMU is not the only school showing interest in him.

"I've gotten letters from Mississippi State, I've got some from Arizona, and Memphis has been in contact with me," he said.

Lubbock RB Camps At SMU

By Russell Palmer

Although Texas Tech is playing at SMU in this year's opener, some of the Mustang coaches still may find themselves visiting Lubbock this fall in pursuit of a few prospects that play for Coronado.

With an offer already extended to defensive end Devondric Meadows, the Mustang coaching staff has begun to target one of his teammates, running back Isaish Tates.

Tates was on the Hilltop this summer to participate in the SMU football camp and liked what he saw on his trip to Dallas.

"It is a very nice school. It is very good academically. It has a nice atmosphere and feel to it," he said. "I thought I performed well at the camp. I learned a lot with working with their coaches."

Despite getting coaching advice from some members of the Mustang staff, Tates said he was unable to talk to any of the coaches specifically about his recruitment, except that a coach might contact him in the fall after they get to review his tape from the upcoming season.

SMU is not the only school that has showed some interest in Tates, as Rice has made quite the impression on him.

"One of the biggest schools I've been taking to is Rice," he said. "I like the atmosphere there and the coaches I talk to."

Standing 5-foot9, 167-pounds, Tates may not yet have the body to play at the college level, which is why he is working on one aspect of his game to help counter his size.

"My major focus has been my speed, to improve my speed and lateral quickness in any way, and just being more explosive," he said.

Local 2015 WR Camps At SMU

By EJ Holland

It would be a pretty good idea for SMU to start recruiting Arlington Bowie. After all, the local program always seems to make deep runs in the playoffs and produces numerous FBS prospects.

And 2015 defensive back Greg Peace is already beginning to show interest in SMU attended the Ponies second summer camp last month.

"It went very good. I made a couple of great plays," he said. "I didn't really get to talk to the coaches. But I feel like I impressed them and got my name out there. I think I put in work and was pretty dominant out there.

Peace, the younger brother of Houston wide receiver Dewayne Peace, was on campus last year to watch the Mustangs beat down the Cougars and says his interest level in SMU is high.

"SMU is a school I'm really considering. It's really close to home, and they have great academics," he said. "I went to the UH game, and I was impressed. I really like the atmosphere and everything."

The 5-foot-9, 160-pounder has been attracting interest from major programs such as Oklahoma State and Arkansas but won't be happy until that first scholarship is extended and believes Tulsa could very well be the first program to offer.

"I went up to camp at Tulsa, and I thought it went pretty good. Throughout the whole day, they thought I was 2014," Peace said. "When I went up to the coaches office afterward, I told them I was 2015, and they were really interested. They said they were definitely going to keep in contact."

Peace also hopes to impress schools with his performance on the field this season. Arlington Bowie, as mentioned, is one of the Dallas-area's top programs and anything less then a third round appearance would be a disappointment for Peace and his team.

"We definitely want to get back to the third round. But we've been there so many times that I think that ship has sailed," he said. "We want to win state, and I really think we can do it."

Versatile ATH Camps At SMU

By Adam Grosbard

Lone Oak athlete Trent Sikes wants to stay close to home. And playing for SMU is certainly something he would consider.

"I would like to play for them, very much so," Sikes said. "I like how fast-paced their offense is and I like the coaches. The coaches seem more helpful than angry, in your face, and all that kind of stuff. The program seems like it is going up, and I've been a fan of SMU for a while."

Sikes camped at SMU last month and says he believes he did enough to catch the attention of the coaches.

"I felt like I did great," Sikes said. "The coaches were really nice and I learned a lot there. Performance-wise, I felt like it was one of the best camps I've performed at. When we were going into one-on-ones, [the coaches] talked to me about being able to catch and how good my hands were.

"I loved the campus. I like how it's all very close to each other. It's all packed in there. And I like the Christian environment."

Sikes also has camped at TCU. He hopes to play wide receiver in college, though he also starts at safety for Lone Oak and was named first team All-District as a returner.

He met with defensive coordinator Tom Mason when he visited Lone Oak to meet with Sikes and a number of his teammates in the spring. Sikes has sent an email to wide receivers coach Jason Phillips but has yet to receive a reply.

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