The dead period is over, but that doesn't mean the SMU coaches are out building personal relationships with prospects. They are, however, going to places they've pretty much never been to before.
Just last year, Oklahoma commit Marcus Green said SMU quarterbacks coach Dan Morrison told him ‘he didn't know he was recruiting Cedar Hill.' But on Thursday afternoon, Morrison extended offers to a pair of 2015 Cedar Hill athletes-- outside linebacker Richard Moore and four-star wide receiver DaMarkus Lodge.
Moore says the offer from the Ponies came as a huge surprise.
"It was crazy because I've never heard from any of the SMU coaches. I haven't even gotten any mail or anything," Moore said. "My high school coach actually texted me about it while I was in class. When I looked at it, I said ‘oh crap,' and everybody looked at me. It was pretty funny. I was just excited."
If SMU plans on landing Moore, the staff better start developing a personal relationship soon. Moore, who also holds offers from Arizona State, Baylor, where he will be attending junior day later this month, and Houston have all done a tremendous job of keeping in contact.
More hopes to make his final decision by the end of the summer and wants to learn as much about each school that has offered him, including SMU, as he can. He currently describes his interest level in the Mustangs as ‘medium.'
"I'm interested in any school that offers me. I just have to familiarize myself with them," he said. "As far as SMU, I honestly don't know too much. But I know that they were really good back in the 80s before their program got shut down, and they've been doing pretty good recently.
"I also like that it's close to home and that it is a really prestigious school. The main things for me are academics because I'm thinking of going to medical school, early playing time and the coaches."
At 6-foot-1, 205-pounds, Moore was one of the most feared outside linebackers in the D-FW Metroplex. A second-team all-area selection, Moore notched 171 tackles including 30 for loss and eight sacks en route to leading Cedar Hill to a win over Katy in the 5A Division II state title game.
The scary thing is he can only get better.
"I had only played defensive end before I moved to linebacker so I feel like I had a really good season for my first year there," Moore said. "It took me out of my comfort zone so I think I'm really coachable. I also have good quickness and a nose for the football, which every good defensive player needs."
Cedar Hill LB Surprised By SMU Offer
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