SMU doesn't have many spots open in the Class of 2014. But it appears the Mustangs are now looking to add an offensive lineman after telling prospects such as Cole Anderson and Christian Beard that they were full earlier in the year.
It's somewhat of murky situation. What is clear, however, is SMU's strong interest in Plano East offensive tackle T.J. Henson. Late last week, SMU offensive line coach Wes Suan invited him to make the short trip to the Hilltop for the Mustangs' homecoming game against Temple.
"I made it out there, and it was really cool. I had never been to a big college game before so it was really cool to go down on the field and watch them warm up," Henson said. "I loved being able to go into the locker room and meet some of the offensive linemen on the team. That was my favorite part about the visit."
Henson got treated to a dandy of a game as SMU exploded in the second half for a 59-49 victory over Temple. Henson was impressed with not only the win but also the game day atmosphere and June Jones' pass heavy offense.
Henson paid close attention to SMU offensive tackle Chauncey Briggs and believes he can play a similar role for the Mustangs in the near future.
"I thought it was a great win. We've been in the same situation at Plano East so it was great to see them come back," Henson said. "I really focused on watching the left tackle. I was looking at his stance and footwork. I really could see myself playing there. Honestly, I love pass blocking. That's what I do best."
As far as an official offer, Henson is close to picking one up but does not have one in hand just yet. Before the game, he met with Suan to discuss where exactly he stands.
"He brought me into his office and talked to me about the possibility of an offer. He said I was one of a few candidates that were in the running to get one," Henson said. "He said they were interested and that it's between me and three other guys. He just told me that he wanted to put names to faces and was glad I visited."
If offered, Henson said he would definitely think about pulling the trigger.
"I would really think about it. They are at the top of my list," he said. "I really like the academic standards that SMU has. Coach Suan was actually telling me about that, and I was impressed. It would be cool to stay close to home and my parents."
The 6-foot-5, 290-pounder has been flying under the radar this year. Only Colorado State and Stephen F. Austin have shown serious interest throughout the recruiting process.
But the second team all-district selection believes he has the skill set to play at the next level and is proving that on the field this season.
"Personally, I feel like I really excel in pass blocking. I'm also big on communication and make sure we're all on the same page so we don't make mistakes," Henson said. "I'm really loving my senior season. We just need to come together and get in a rhythm."
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