It wasn't that long ago when Fort Worth All Saints running back Daniel Gresham was one of the hottest prospects on the market.
Gresham held offers from the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Florida State and Ohio State. He originally committed to Texas before decommitting and pledging to Louisville-- Gresham grew up actually grew up in Louisville before moving to the Dallas-area.
But in a strange twist of events, Louisville head coach Charlie Strong left for Texas, and the Cardinals hired Bobby Petrino, who pulled his scholarship because he didn't fit the new offense.
"It's a lot of motivation. Even though a lot of people tell me Louisville did me wrong, I just want to thank God because now I that's not the place I'm supposed to be," Gresham said. "I've seen my mom work two jobs, and that's real motivation. It's a big reason why academics are important to me. If I play in the NFL for 15 years, I'll still only be 38, and I'm going to have to find another career."
While Gresham is focused on finding the right blend of football and education, he's short on time. National Signing Day is exactly a week away. And most BCS programs have informed Gresham that there is no room for him, but is still on their mind if something comes open.
So Gresham and his high school coaches decided to make calls to non-BCS programs to get an idea of what schools were interested. SMU happened to be one of them of them.
"It was a spur of the moment thing. When I talked to the SMU coaches, they told me they saw my tape and were interested early on, but they didn't think they had a chance at me because of my offers so they never got in contact with me," Gresham said. "But with everything out of whack, they said they were definitely still interested in me."
And on Tuesday afternoon, Gresham made the short drive over to SMU, where he met with head coach June Jones and quarterbacks coach Dan Morrison and officially picked up an offer from the Mustangs.
Gresham said the meeting went so well that he's even going to return to the Hilltop for an official visit on Friday.
"They were both really nice guys. They laid out what the deal was, and we watched some film. They explained to me how I could be used and said I was similar to Zach Line that played there not too long ago and set some records," Gresham said. "Coach Jones said they had Prescott Line and another running back who they were going to medical redshirt but that I had a shot to start as a true freshman. That's big for me.
"I know SMU has great academics, and it's close to home so they are around the top of my list right now. They also play some good competition like Baylor and TCU, where my good friend Foster Sawyer is committed. The campus was beautiful, and I was really impressed with the business school. It's one of the top in the nation. They even had stock market stats going across a screen. It was one of the greatest things I've ever seen."
Gresham is also considering Colorado State and UTSA. He made his official visit to UTSA last week and will take his official visit to Colorado State on Thursday then fly back to Dallas for his official to SMU. After a busy weekend, the three-star prospect will announce his final decision on Sunday.
At 5-foot-11, 230-pounds, Gresham is ranked as the No. 1 fullback in the nation. This past season, he rushed for 923 yards on just 93 carries (9.92 ypc) and scored 19 touchdowns.
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