It's been a crazy ride for Fort Worth All Saints running back Daniel Gresham.
After picking up offers from Alabama, Auburn, Ohio State and an array of other big name programs, Gresham decided to commit to Texas. After taking time to think about his decision, Gresham eventually flipped to Louisville.
But Charlie Strong left Louisville and new head coach Bobby Petrino pulled Gresham's scholarship because he didn't fit his scheme.
"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."
With signing day approaching, Gresham started calling as many schools as possible. He eventually narrowed it down to Colorado State, SMU, and UTSA.
Gresham then made an official visit to UTSA last weekend and an official visit SMU this weekend. Gresham said his time on the Hilltop pushed him over the edge, and the nation's No. 1 ranked fullback sided with the Ponies on Sunday.
"I sat down with Coach (June) Jones and my parents, and we had a great conversation," Gresham said. "I told him I wanted to go ahead and commit. The funny thing was the whole coaching staff was waiting outside his office and when I told them I committed, they started yelling and hugging me. It was awesome.
"The thing about SMU is the education. They have one of the top businesses programs in the nation, and I want to major in entrepreneurship, business administration or marketing. I have an aspiration to play in the NFL. But I know it's more than that. It's about life after that and what that diploma really means. The campus was beautiful too. Me and my parents fell in love with it. I just felt SMU was the best choice for me and my family."
Another big factor was immediate playing time.
With Traylon Shead bolting early to pursue a career at the professional level, Gresham will have an opportunity to become SMU's starting running back as soon as he steps foot on campus. And the coaching staff is already comparing him to Zach Line.
"Honestly, it would be great to start as a true freshman. I'm not the type to brag about myself. I know it's about hard work and dedication," Gresham said. "Coach Jones said the biggest thing is blocking. I feel like I can get that down. I'm right down the street so I can come in during the spring, sit in on meetings and learn the playbook so I can be ready for the summer."
Last season, Gresham rushed for 923 yards on just 93 carries (9.92 ypc) and scored 19 touchdowns. The 5-foot- 11, 230-pounder is a big, bruising back but with 4.53 speed, he can also shake defenders and break long runs.
Gresham says he can't wait to get to campus in a few months and already feels like he's part of the team.
"Me and JaBryce Taylor kicked off pretty well. I talked to him and a bunch of the team, and they said I have a great chance to start," Gresham said. "The fact the players told me that meant a lot. I really like their winning attitude, and I can't wait to be a part of it."
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