Why SMU has not targeted more players at local perennial powerhouse Euless Trinity remains a mystery. But the Mustangs did extend an offer to three-star linebacker Inoke Ngalo on Tuesday night.
Ngalo, who is currently committed to Houston, says the offer came as a big surprise because he had never heard from any of the SMU coaches.
"I was shocked," he said. "My high school coach told me that some college coaches were going to call me later today then SMU called and offered. I can't remember the coach's name, but he said they were giving me a scholarship and want me to make an official visit."
While Ngalo is a local prospect, he doesn't know too much about SMU but says he is interested in learning more. Ngalo plans on contacting former teammate and current SMU linebacker Jonathan Yenga later this week to get more information on the program.
Ngalo also hopes to build a strong relationship with his recruiter-- whoever that might be.
"I don't know a whole lot. Like I said, I've never had a conversation with the coaches. But the coach I talked to today told me the program is getting way better under June Jones," Ngalo said. "He said they didn't make a bowl this year, but they're bouncing back and that I would most likely play right away."
Ngalo says his interest in SMU is medium right now because ‘it's close to home, and that's always a plus.' He does plan to make his way to the Hilltop for a visit in the spring but still needs to workout the details.
At 6-foot, 215-pounds, Ngalo will likely be an inside linebacker in SMU's 3-4 defense. But he noted that the unidentified SMU coach also told him that he could play outside linebacker because of his 4.6 speed. This season, Ngalo notched 137 tackles and led Euless Trinity to the state quarterfinals.
"The SMU coach said I could start outside but move inside. I told him I'm better playing in the middle because my best attributes are run stopping and filling the gaps," Ngalo said. "Coaches that have watched my highlight tape say my first step is amazing, and they like how aggressive I am."
As far as his commitment to Houston goes, Ngalo, who also holds an offer from North Texas, says he is solid but is open to listening to other schools.
"It's like when you're committed to your wife. That's not going to stop you from looking at other girls," Ngalo said with a laugh. "But I am committed to Houston. I really like the program, and they took a chance on me. I hit it off with the coaches right off the bat, and we have a great relationship."
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