There is no doubt the SMU staff needs to build stronger relationships with local schools.
And the Mustangs are starting to do so. SMU defensive coordinator Tom Mason made trips to Mesquite Poteet and Plano East last week and sent out three new offers. One of those was to 2015 Plano East outside linebacker Austin Corbett.
"My head coach at Plano East texted me that SMU had stopped by and told him to tell me that they were offering me," Corbett said. "I was going crazy since it's my first offer. It was an awesome feeling."
Corbett has not yet spoken to Mason about the offer. But he did get a chance to meet Mason as well as special teams coach Carlos Barocio-Leon in person when the Mustangs took on Temple in October.
Still, Corbett says the scholarship came as a surprise since a potential offer was never discussed during his time on campus.
"When I was up there I got a chance to talk to Coach Mason and the special teams coach, but they didn't really ask me about my interest in SMU or tell me how interested they were," Corbett said. "They just told me about the legal stuff as far as rules and how they couldn't do much since I was a junior."
Despite the lackluster conversation, Corbett enjoyed touring the campus and facilities as well as watching the Ponies come away with a 59-49 win over the Owls.
"The team played really well. I was impressed with how they stepped it up in the second half. They were down and came back," Corbett said. "I think SMU is really nice, and I'm pretty interested."
At 6-foot-4, 190-pounds, Corbett knows he needs to bulk up this offseason and plans on hitting the weight room hard after basketball season. This year, he earned second team all district honors at outside linebacker, where he will most likely play in SMU's 3-4 defense.
Corbett has no other offers but is receiving early interest from schools such as Arkansas, Boise State and Missouri. As of right now, he has no favorites, but SMU is definitely on his radar.
"It seems like a good place, and it's close to home, but I want to learn more," Corbett said. "I don't know a whole lot about the program so I just need to start getting in contact with the coaches."
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