FREE: Anglin Commits To SMU

Army Prep LB Elijah Anglin talks about his decision inside!

Elijah Anglin is finally a Mustang.

After seeing fellow Army Prep transfer Anthony Wilkinson commit to SMU, Anglin decided follow suit and gave his verbal pledge on Tuesday morning.

"The atmosphere and the direction of the team really played into my decision," Anglin said. "It was very welcoming. I didn't get that feeling anywhere else. The academics are great too. I heard SMU has a great network after you graduate so that's a plus too."

Anglin, along with Kagawa and Wilkinson, made his official visit to SMU this weekend after getting in touch with head coach June Jones last week. Anglin, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound linebacker, says he really enjoyed his time on campus and is excited to be a part of the program.

"The visit was very interesting. I liked it a lot. That was my first time in Texas so it was cool to see everything. I like that it's a small school in a big city," Anglin said. "I really enjoyed meeting the team. Elie Nabushosi was my host, and he gave me a run down of everything. I had a lot of fun."

Anglin played his high school ball at Detroit Renaissance (MI), where he played both outside linebacker and wide receiver. He held offers from Toledo and Western Michigan but decided Army was the best place for him.

During his lone year at Army Prep, Anglin excelled as a middle linebacker. The experience made him that much more prepared for FBS football.

"It definitely gives me a leg up. I had time to develop because I started school early, and I just turned 18 in November," Anglin said. "I had a good season there. It was good experience."

But things didn't work out at West Point, and now, he'll suit up at outside linebacker for the Mustangs

"Coach (June) Jones said he really likes my film and thinks I can be a great fit. Coach (Tom) Mason said he really likes my speed and thinks I'm going to be a good outside linebacker," Anglin said. "I played it in high school, and I enjoy rushing. I think I'm great at reading offenses, and I have great sideline-to-sideline speed. I'm going to bring a lot of aggression too."

Anglin chose SMU over offers from Austin Peay and Howard. He also had strong interest from Eastern Illinois, Louisiana Monroe and Western Carolina.

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