It's that time of year where you expect the unexpected.
With signing day just around the corner, don't be surprised if SMU adds a few surprise commits. One option could be Oxford (MI) running back Ben Line, the younger brother of Zach and Prescott Line.
"My brothers have been talking to Coach (Wes) Suan about me, and I've exchanged emails with Coach Suan too," Line said. "He said they do have interest, but they're looking for smaller, faster running backs. But I'm staying in contact with him and seeing if anything opens up."
At 6-foot, 220-pounds, Line doesn't fit that description and the Mustangs already have a running back commit in South Houston product Darius Durall. But with a couple of spots still open, SMU could look to add a bigger back and Line would probably be No. 2 on their board after Daniel Gresham, who is visiting on Tuesday.
If SMU does extend a late scholarship, Line would commit on the spot.
"I would take the offer in a heartbeat," he said. "I used to be a Michigan State fan, but they didn't give my brothers offers. SMU has been loyal and let my brothers live their dreams. I love the SMU campus, and I love the area. There is great people and great food."
With an SMU offer still not on the table, Line is exploring his current options. Both North Dakota, a Division II program, and Robert Morris, an FCS school, have extended scholarships while Akron and UTSA has shown strong interest.
Line doesn't plan on making a decision until signing day. And even if he doesn't sign with SMU, he still hopes to be a Mustang in the near future.
"I'm taking the best I can at this point, but I'm still hoping for SMU," Line said. "If I go to a school like North Dakota hopefully I can transfer to SMU after a year or two so we'll see what happens."
Line played running back and linebacker this past season and is considered a ‘bell cow' type of back. But Line says the best way to describe himself is as a mixture of his brothers.
"My dad likes to call me a mix. Zach is a little speedier and can juke. Prescott likes to run straight ahead. I think I'm a little slower, but I can move," said Line, who is also a state-ranked wrestler. "They both played linebacker, but I played defensive end. So I'm just a little different."
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