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Baylor Commit Visits SMU

By EJ Holland

The biggest name at SMU's homecoming game against Temple a few weeks ago was Princeton athlete Jourdan Blake.

A Baylor commit, Blake can do just about everything. He is considered one of the top-dual threat quarterbacks in the Dallas-area and can also play defensive back. He is projected to be a safety at the next level.

This season, he has passed for 1,524 yards, rushed for 625 yards and scored 32 total touchdowns and is focused on leading his team to a deep run in the playoffs.

"We are all coming together. We just have to keep it going," Blake said. "I think we can go as far as possible. I really mean that. We have a chance to win it all."

The three-star prospect committed to Baylor over offers from Arizona State, Illinois, Oklahoma State, South Florida and Tulsa. As of right now, he is still solid.

"The big thing for me was staying in-state so that narrowed it down, and Baylor was just the perfect fit for me," Blake said. "The program is only getting stronger, and I'm really excited to become a part of it."

So what's his interest level in SMU?

"I was just tagging along with my teammate Trey Jackson. He's a junior and they're recruiting him," Blake said. "I'm not considering SMU at all."

Hoops Visitor List: SMU vs. TCU

2014 5-star Prime Prep PG Emmanuel Mudiay

2015 4-star Plano West C Tyler Davis

2015 4-star Plano West PF D.J. Hogg

2015 5-star Lancaster PF Elijah Thomas

2015 4-star Triple A Academy SG King McClure

2015 4-star Dallas Kimball PG Jawun Evans

2016 South Grand Prairie PF Cameron McGriff

2016 DeSoto PF Marques Bolden

2017 Plano West SG Chris Giles

Giles Watches SMU Win

Plano West's freshman stud Chris Giles and his father were in the third row for the SMU opener Friday against TCU.

We didn't talk much but when I asked what he thought about the game, Giles smiled broadly and said, ‘exciting.'

This was a great game for Giles to attend. He is considered one of the top freshmen in the country and has previously taken unofficial visits to SMU practices with some of his talented Plano West teammates and is high on SMU.

Seeing the big SMU crowd at the American Airlines Center is a great step for a program on the rise. It couldn't have hurt to see Emmanuel Mudiay at the game and the loud reception he received from SMU fans as well.

Pierce County WR Talks SMU interest

By Omar Majzoub

Since SMU landed the commitment of three-star quarterback Tyler Harris, the coaching staff has been trying to find an impact wide receiver from the Class of 2014 to team up with their talented signal-caller.

Now, it seems the coaching staff is considering offering one of Harris' favorite weapons from Pierce County (GA), wide receiver Sennua Lawson.

"I haven't picked up an offer from them, but I have talked to coach Jason Phillips a lot recently," Lawson said. "I have never visited, but I really want to go over there soon."

At 6-foot-1 and 202 pounds, Lawson has also talked to Middle Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Tennessee-Chattanooga. He says SMU is one his favorites mainly because of his relationship with Harris.

"I would love to go there," he said. "I love their offense and how they move the ball around. Tyler committed there and he's my best friend, so I'm very interested. We have talked a lot about the possibility of us playing together. I think it would be really cool, so I hope that works out."

Lawson has played mostly tight end in high school, so he believes blocking is one his biggest strengths. However, he also thinks he has strong enough hands and the versatility to play receiver at the next level.

Last year, Lawson was named first team All-Region as he finished with 43 catches, 681 yards, and 10 touchdowns. So far this season, he has 38 catches, 571 yards, and six touchdowns already with one regular season game still remaining.

"I worked really hard all summer and it's been a good year for me," he said. "We're also playing really well as a team right now, too. We are 8-1 and second in our region."

Lawson says he will spend the offseason making himself a more well-rounded player. He also plans on starting to focus more on his recruiting and making his first college visits.

"I'm waiting on the season to be over before I get really into all that," he said. "Right now, I know I want somewhere I can get a good education and play quality competition. Those are my biggest things, so SMU is definitely up there."

SMU Commit Settling In During Grey Shirt Season

By Adam Grosbard

Former two-star offensive lineman William Barns committed to SMU out of Highland Park last year but was greyshirted this season. After initially struggling to find his focus, Barns says now that he is happy with waiting.

"At first it was hard not to play, but now that we're halfway through the semester I've really settled in and it's actually been very beneficial," Barns said. "I've been able to focus strictly on weight-lifting and learning plays, and it's nice being able to sleep in because I won't be able to for five years."

Barns decided to greyshirt after the SMU coaches asked him to take a year to prepare for the college game.

"The coaches told me that I needed to get bigger and get stronger and being from the area, I just felt like it was a great opportunity to take a year and just focus on my development and five years from now I would be a much better player than I would have been," Barns said.

For now, he is working hard at his academics.

"I'm taking nine hours at SMU as a part-time student. I love it. Classes are going great," Barns said. "I love the campus so it's worked out well."

Barns was listed at 6-foot-3 and 255 pounds in high school. Since he graduated, he has putting in a lot of time in the weight room to add to his big frame while also learning the SMU offense.

"I weigh 275 now and in the summer, I was like 260 so that's good," Barns said. "I'm just right now focusing on learning the plays. I feel like now I have a much better understand of what SMU does offensively and I think that will be really beneficial in the spring. You know, with spring training if I know what I'm doing then that will really help with the transition."

2015 LB Recaps SMU Visit

By Adam Grosbard

2015 inside linebacker Brice Borgeson from Van High School visited SMU for the Rutgers game and had a good time during his visit.

"It was really exciting. I really like the atmosphere up there," Borgeson said. "I talked to Coach (Eric) Daniels and Coach (Mel) DeLaura. Right now they say they're interested, but they said it would all pick up in the spring."

The junior is very interested in everything that SMU has to offer.

"I like SMU a lot because of the location of it," Borgeson said. "It's about two hours from my house. I like the program, I like Coach (June) Jones, I like the facilities up there and I really like the academics."

Borgeson is listed at 6-foot-2, 220-pounds. While he does not have any stars, he has a number of teams interested in his services. He holds no offers, but he visited TCU this past weekend and has also received interest from Arkansas, San Diego State, Tulsa, and Northern Illinois. This variety of interest likely has a lot to do with his performance this season.

"The season is going pretty good. We got off to a slow start. We played some pretty good teams but we're 3-1 in our last four games," Borgeson said. "I have 97 tackles in nine games, a sack, and a forced fumble. And I think I have 21 tackles for loss. I want to get 120 tackles this season and more stats and all that."

Local 2015 LB Visits

By EJ Holland

It seems SMU has been sending out quite a few email invites to 2015 prospects. And although they're not directly communicating with the recruits, at least players are making their way to campus.

2015 Dallas Parish Episcopal inside linebacker William LeMasters is one of those prospects. He has never spoken directly to the SMU coaching staff, but he has attended a couple of games this season and has high interest.

"I really liked SMU. It's close to home and I liked the academics. When I visited, it was their homecoming so I enjoyed the atmosphere," LeMasters said. "I've actually been to a couple of games so I know in recent years they haven't had many fans.

"But I'm really interested. I would say they are around the top. My mom went there and her mom went there and her mom went there so I've always grown up with SMU."

Throughout the first couple of weeks of the season LeMasters had trouble staying on the field for both halves due to cramps- a side effect from an acne cream. But LeMasters stopped using the cream and had a sensational year overall, recording 80 solo tackles and three sacks.

"I got off to a slow start because of the cramps but once I sorted it out, I was able to play full games and make an impact," LeMasters said. "We only lost one game in district so I think we have a chance to make a run in the playoffs."

Dallas Parish Episcopal ended the year with a 37-16 win over Tyler Grace Community on Friday, and LeMasters led the way with 17 tackles. His production has helped him draw interest from a few schools, and he expects his recruitment to pick up in the spring.

LeMasters has also made unofficial visits to BYU and Tulsa.

A look at how some SMU commits did…

- Jordan Ingram caught five passes for 131 yards and a touchdown in Dallas Carter's 41-28 win over Seagoville.

- Jordan Wyatt had one catch for 48 yards and a touchdown in Wylie East's 47-44 loss to Lovejoy.

- Shelby Walker did not record a catch in Houston Lamar's 63-0 win over Houston Chavez

- Darrell Colbert went 12 of 17 for 179 yards and two touchdowns in Houston Lamar's 63-0 win over Houston Chavez

- Jordan Severt went 12 of 22 for 140 yards and a touchdown with one interception in Austin Westlake's 42-0 win over Austin High.

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