Among the many unofficial visitors at SMU's homecoming game against Temple last weekend was Austin Westlake quarterback Jordan Severt.
Severt, who committed to SMU in the summer, enjoyed his time on the Hilltop and was impressed with the Mustangs' determination to come back. While it wasn't the prettiest of wins, it was certainly exciting for Severt to witness.
"The visit went really good. I got to go down on the field for warm-ups, and I really liked the way SMU was able to take the lead in the second half and win," Severt said. "It was also really cool to see all the homecoming stuff going on so it was a great atmosphere. I got to see Eric Dickerson too, which was really cool. It just really shows the tradition SMU has."
During the game, Severt spent most of his time keeping a close eye on SMU quarterback Garrett Gilbert.
Like Gilbert, Severt is prototypical pocket passer with a big arm from one of the top programs in the Austin-area. Severt says he shares plenty of similarities with Gilbert and believes he can follow in his footsteps on the Hilltop.
"I stood next to him, and we're about the same size. We're both out of great programs in Austin. We both know what it takes to be a leader," Severt said. "I watched him really closely. I tried to compare what he did in certain situations with what I would do. Watching him excel in the offense was great because I feel I can bring some of the same things he does especially accuracy, which is so important."
While Severt did not get to meet with head coach June Jones, he did spend an adequate amount of time with quarterbacks coach Dan Morrison before the game.
"Coach Morrison just asked me how my season was going and told me how SMU was doing," Severt said. "He's a really good stand up guy. Personally for me, I think a coach like Coach Morrison is great for me. I don't need a yeller because I can motivate myself. The biggest thing I need is teaching, and he can do that."
Severt says he is still ‘very solid' to SMU despite the Mustangs having two other quarterback commits in the Class of 2014 in Darrell Colbert and Tyler Harris.
With Gilbert graduating, Severt is embracing the competition to receive early playing time. Neal Burcham is expected to become the starter next season, but Severt hopes to push him and also wouldn't mind winning the back-up job.
"I'm ready to go out there and show what I can do and compete. Ever since my freshman year, I've had to compete," he said. "I believe competition only makes you better. It makes you want to strive to be the best. Everybody fighting just keeps you hungry. If you have no competition, you can get complacent."
This season, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound signal-caller has thrown for 1,848 yards, 17 touchdowns and just one interception. He has also rushed for 147 yards and two scores. Austin Westlake is currently 5-4 and can clinch a playoff spot with a win over Austin High on Friday night.
Severt is focused on leading his team to a victory and another deep postseason run after reaching the 5A Division II state semifinals last season and is still unsure when he's going to make his official visit to SMU.
Severt Enjoys Visit
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