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Maston High On SMU

By Russell Palmer

With the recent commitment of Emmanuel Mudiay, SMU will look to add a big to pair along with the number one ranked point guard in the nation, and local product TJ Maston out of DeSoto may fit the bill.

Maston, who holds an offer from the Mustangs, listed SMU among his favorite schools, and said Mudiay's decision definitely moved SMU up on the list.

"I really like Miami, Kansas State, Baylor, Wichita State and SMU," he said. "I've been talking to SMU a lot. Coach (Ulric) Maligi has been recruiting me, telling me all about what the school has to offer and how they are building and growing. Getting Mudiay shows that they are getting better and are more attractive to stars."

It's no surprise that Mudiay makes the Mustangs a legit contender on the recruiting trail, and Maston says he would love to play with the talented guard.

"He's a real good player. I've actually played against him, and he is a floor general and really good competitor," he said. "I would love to play with him."

Maston, who has taken a visit to the Hilltop, says that besides the Mudiay factor, the other aspects of SMU are very appealing.

"I've taken an official visit, and I liked the campus, it was really nice," he said. "They have really nice libraries, and the academics at SMU are off the charts, and they offer a good degree, which makes it attractive.

While Maston has no leader as of now, expect the three-star power forward to make his final decision sometime before the start of his senior basketball season.

Evans Likes Larry Brown, SMU

By Russell Palmer

Fast rising 2015 point guard Juwan Evans is coming off a summer that saw him fly up recruiting boards and receive offers from Clemson, SMU, Memphis, USC, and VCU, just to name a few.

But a recent turn of events, that saw Evans and his family move from South Carolina to the Dallas area, which may give the Mustangs an added advantage in the recruitment of Evans.

"The reason I came to Dallas is that my Mom found a new job, and the school (Dallas Kimball) is close by, so it works out." Evans said.

Now that Evans is in the Mustangs backyard, Larry Brown and his staff will have plenty of opportunities to watch and visit with Evans, who says playing for the Hall of Famer would be an incredible experience.

"It would be a good experience to play for him," he said. "He's a NBA coach who knows what he's doing and how to get players to succeed."

Both Brown and assistant coach Ulric Maligi will hope to continue the Kimball pipeline to SMU, and it looks as if alums Keith Frazier and Jalen Jones could play a role in getting Evans to the Hilltop.

"I haven't really had a chance to talk to them yet, but I'm looking forward to talking to them about SMU," Evans said.

Although he know lives in Dallas, Evans said his move won't affect his recruitment that much and says he will still be looking at schools that fit his specific criteria.

"Academics and a good basketball team are very important and a school that supports the basketball program." Evans said.

With New Moody being built, and SMU stampeding into a new conference, a good environment in the new area and support from the Dallas-area will be important to reel in recruits like Evans.

Ehambe Down To Two

By EJ Holland

This week, Emmanuel Mudiay, the nation's top point guard, ‘shocked the world' and committed to SMU. So could his cousin follow in his footsteps?

While Mudiay dominates the hardwood for Prime Prep, Josh Ehambe is an animal on the gridiron. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound outside linebacker holds four offers and has his own big decision to make in the next few weeks.

His senior season is here, and Ehambe wants to end the recruiting process so he can focus on helping his team win. But he's going to make sure to talk it over with his head coach, Deion Sanders, first.

"It's been nice learning from Deion Sanders. He's a really good coach. He obviously knows what he's talking about," Ehambe said. "I feel like I'm already getting better. It's just great to have him as a coach. I want to make my decision after I sit down and go everything with him"

Louisiana Tech and SMU are the schools that will be discussed. Ehambe would like to join Mudiay on the Hilltop, but Louisiana Tech defensive line coach Stan Eggert has done a tremendous job of recruiting him.

"I like SMU a lot. The school is really nice and so are the coaches. Plus, my cousin is going up there now so it would be great to go to the same school as him," Ehambe said. "It would be fun. SMU was also my first offer so that means a lot.

"With Louisiana Tech, it's all about my relationship with Coach Eggen. He's a great guy to talk to, and I think I would really enjoy playing for him. He's a real cool guy so Louisiana Tech is definitely right up there."

It's still unclear if SMU will accept a commitment from Ehambe since the Mustangs appear to be full at linebacker. But the fact that he's Mudiay's cousin and that he's from Prime Prep will also play into it.

Irons Close To A Decision

By Adam Grosbard

Two-star Edna Karr athlete Glenn Irons, who picked up an offer from wide receivers coach Jason Phillips in the summer, is coming close to making his commitment, and SMU is high on his list.

"I am highly interested in SMU," Irons said. "I like their offense. The spread is my favorite offense, and they run it there, and we run it here in high school so I feel like it would be easy for me to change to."

Irons is primarily recruited by Phillips but has not spoken with him since he received his SMU offer. But Irons made a visit up to SMU last year with members of his high school team.

"I visited last year with my team," Irons said. "I really like it up there. I like the atmosphere. I walk through the locker room, the school, I've seen the football stadium and I really liked everything I've seen there."

Irons is listed at 5-foot-10, 150 pounds and is not sure if SMU wants him as a cornerback or a wide receiver, but he knows what position he would like to play.

"I'd like to play receiver," Irons said. "I like to make plays."

Irons was a key component of Edna Karr's success last season as a wide receiver during their undefeated championship run. Experience in a winning culture would add a lot to the Mustang locker room.

Irons has been recruited by a number of other schools, including USF and Northwestern State, but his top two choices right now are Old Dominion and SMU.

He plans on making his decision in the first three weeks of the season. But since he hasn't had any contact with the staff in a while and with the class filling up, it's unclear if the Mustangs would take him.

East Texas WR Interested

By Scott Sanford

While receiving interest from nearly 10 different schools, 2014 Whitehouse wide receiver Coleman Patterson has flown somewhat under the radar.

Programs such as Tennessee, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and more have expressed interest in Patterson, but have not yet seen enough to pull the trigger and offer the rising senior.

Although the 5-foot-11 receiver has not picked up any offers, he has been in touch with SMU wide receivers coach Jason Phillips and defensive line coach Bert Hill.

Patterson is not sure if SMU will be the first school to offer him but after camping on the Hilltop over the summer, he does believe there is some interest in him, and he could see himself suiting up for the Mustangs in the future.

"I talk to them (Hill and Phillips) pretty frequently," he said. "I'd say there is definitely mutual interest, but I'm still not sure if SMU or another school will be the first to offer me."

Patterson has not only seen the campus, but he has also visited for a couple of games and really enjoyed the atmosphere.

"The campus is really beautiful, it's in a great part of Dallas and I know they've got great academics so those are some things I really enjoy about SMU," Patterson said.

Patterson hopes to visit SMU, along with Houston, Rice and Notre Dame, this fall for a game.

Besides SMU, Patterson believes that Houston and Rice are the closest to offering him, but no matter who offers first, he wants to give all of the schools interested in him a shot.

"I haven't gotten any offers yet so I'm open to anything at this point," Patterson said. "SMU is great and I'd love to go play there just as much as I'd like to play at some other schools."

Despite starting his senior year with no offers on the table, Patterson will not let that discourage him and believes his performance this season could change his luck.

"I think some of these schools are really close to offering me," he said. "They just want to see one or two more things out of me before making a decision."

2015 QB Praises SMU Coaching Staff

By Omar Majzoub

The SMU coaching staff has had plenty of ups and downs since taking over the program in 2008. Head coach Junes Jones has received mixed reviews from fans and critics about how the Mustangs have recruited and performed on the field.

But 2015 Coppell quarterback Skyler Bonneau believes Jones and his coaching staff have done a wonderful job with the program. After camping with the Mustangs in the spring, Bonneau immediately fell in love.

"I like a lot of things about the SMU program right now," he said. "There's a lot to choose from, but I mainly like that I would be getting a great education. Also, I love June Jones. I think he's the most underrated coach in all of college football."

Bonneau says the Mustangs are headed in the right direction because of Jones' leadership and intelligence.

"Everything about him is great," Bonneau said. "First of all, his character. He is a coach that would be a tremendous mentor. Also, I think that his coaching style and offensive philosophy is brilliant. It's only a matter of time before SMU starts winning like Hawaii did when he was there."

Bonneau did not get a chance to meet Jones when he came for camp in late July, but he says it was still a good learning experience for him.

"Coach (Hal) Mumme invited me after spring," he said. "It was good for the most part. It was disappointing when I found out Coach Jones would not be there, but the other coaches were great. I also thought the talent level was high. There were many good athletes there to throw to."

Bonneau has also been talking with Boise State a lot because he likes their coaching staff, too. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder is hoping to find the coach that will use his skill set most effectively.

"I think right now my biggest strength is my leadership," he said. "Physically, I think my biggest strength is that I'm a dual threat. I've gotten my 40-yard dash time down into the low 4.7's, so I think that's going to really help me with our zone read and our other stuff this year."

Bonneau, who will start for the first time in his career this season, believes his team is in a great position to make a run at the state playoffs. He says that will be his main focus for now, but he will keep his eye on recruiting.

"I think we're in a spot to make a great run," he said. "Once the season is over, hopefully SMU will be more interested in me. If they were to offer they would definitely be a favorite. Definitely."

2015 QB camps with SMU

By Omar Majzoub

Even after landing four-star Tyler Harris for the class of 2014, the Mustangs are targeting a couple quarterbacks in the class of 2015 they hope to land.

One of those quarterbacks is Salado's McLane Carter. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder camped with SMU before his two-a-days started and got a chance to meet the coaching staff.

"It went very well," he said. "The coaches were very nice, and the overall camp was a success with a lot of kids there. I haven't been offered but I talked to Coach (Dan) Morrison at the camp. I think SMU would be a great school to attend."

Carter says coaching staff will be one of the most important factors in his decision making process. He believes a good coach can set the tone for the entire program.

"I like the tradition and talent that come through SMU," he said. "Also, the incredible coaching staff they have right now. I think it's one of the best in the country."

Carter is the younger brother of former Tulsa quarterback G.J. Kinne, who set multiple Texas high school passing records and was one of the top recruits in the state.

"He leads me in the right way and gives me advice everyday," Carter explained. "He's why I am the player I am today."

Carter has also received interest from Rice, UTEP and UTSA. He says playing quarterback is natural for him, so he would be a good fit in just about any system.

"My biggest strength is probably my arm," he said. "When I'm on the field, it just comes easy to make good throws and read. Also, I feel like I am a leader on the field."

Carter says he hopes his play on the field will convince more schools to recruit him. For now, however, he is focusing on the upcoming season and will put recruiting off to the side until the playoffs are over.

Local Nose Tackle Camps AT SMU

By Adam Grosbard

Dallas Carter nose tackle Robert Traylor has done his homework on SMU.

In fact, he would love to play for the Mustangs and join current commit and teammate Jordan Ingram on the Hilltop.

"I'm very interested in SMU," Traylor said. "I love the campus, I love what they're all about and it's also close to my family."

Traylor visited the campus earlier this year and took a weeklong course at SMU so he is familiar with the campus.

"I love how you feel like family on the campus," Traylor said. "Everyone is really tightknit. I took a course there around spring break for SAT prep, and I loved how the instructor was really in-depth with the students."

Traylor also participated in SMU's final football camp of the summer. Despite the large turnout, the 6-foot-3, 290 pound Traylor was happy with his performance.

"I think I did pretty good at the camp. I was just was upset that we didn't do the [40-yard dash]," said Traylor, who can run it in 5.2 seconds.

Traylor has also been recruited by Rice, Sam Houston, Oklahoma State, and Yale. But despite receiving no contact from SMU coaches, the Mustangs remain high on Traylor's list.

"SMU is very high on the list," Traylor said. "I would love to go to SMU."

A Look At How Commits Did

- Nate Gaines had an interception in Mesquite Poteet's 49-20 win over Frisco Liberty.

- Jordan Ingram had two receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown in Dallas Carter's 37-27 win over Lakeview Centennial.

- Darrell Colbert went 7-12 passing for 75 yards and one touchdown with one interception in a 29-0 win over Klein Forest. He also rushed for 51 yards.

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