In September, Ryheem Malone thought he had it all figured out.
The two-star wide receiver out of Houston Bellaire committed to Texas State and seemed happy with his decision. But just a few months later, Malone decided to reopen his recruitment in hopes of landing a bigger offer.
For a moment, things looked somewhat bleak for Malone -- Nevada pulled its offer-- but North Texas extended a scholarship and on Tuesday afternoon, SMU also threw its hat in the ring.
"I had been talking to Coach (Jason) Phillips last week, and he told me that they were interested. Then, he called me today and told me they were offering me," Malone said. "I was like dang! I was pretty excited about it. He told me a little bit about the program and said they could use me in a lot of different ways."
At 5-foot-9, 175-pounds, Malone has experience playing both wide receiver and running back. This past season, he was named first-team all-district at wide receiver and was also the 20-5A special teams MVP.
If Malone chooses SMU, he will likely be a slot receiver and hopes to follow in the footsteps of former Mustang wide out Darius Johnson.
"I think I'm pretty similar to Darius. He played here at Hightower, and we went to the same barber so I watched him play at SMU," Malone said. "I want to be like him so I have really high interest in SMU. I've done a little research, and it seems like a great school. They also have a wide-open offense so it's kind of like my dream school
"I also know a lot of the guys that are going down there. I actually talked to Darius Durall about it, and he told me that I needed to join him up there. Darrell Colbert texted me too and told me I needed to commit."
And Malone just might. New Mexico and Oregon State are stopping by Houston Bellaire on Tuesday morning to speak with him, and Malone plans to make a decision later in the day. When asked if SMU was going to win the race, he said it was ‘definitely a high possibility.'
Malone plans on making his official visit to SMU on January 31. By then, he might already be a Mustang.
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