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Trigonis Confirms SMU Interest in Dorsey

By: Adam Grosbard

Five-star Saint John Bosco (Calif.) guard Tyler Dorsey recently decommitted from Arizona and rumors have been circulating that SMU has interest in the rising-senior.

Dorsey's AAU coach, Dinos Trigonis of Belmont Shore, confirmed the Mustangs' interest to PonyStampede.

"I just got a call from (SMU assistant) K.T. Turner the other day. They're definitely interested," Trigonis said. "They remember him from last summer (before he committed to Arizona)."

Trigonis also said that it sounded like SMU would be contacting Dorsey shortly and would like to fly out to California to watch him play this summer.

Trigonis believes that Dorsey could fit into the combo guard spot that SMU is looking to fill for 2015. He also thinks that Dorsey could be a good backcourt partner with Sedrick Barefield, who plays against Dorsey both in the AAU and the high school circuit in Southern California.

"I think he'd fit good. Larry (Brown) has more of a pro-style offense and I think he'd do well," Trigonis said. "(Dorsey and Barefield) would play well together. They have a similar style on offense and they both can score."

While there has been speculation that Dorsey, who measures in at 6-foot-4 and 180-pounds, wants to stay on the West Coast for college, Trigonis said the guard is open to anything when it comes to college.

"I think Tyler is open to things. Obviously Larry Brown has an impressive resume and I think he would be open to talking about it and learning more about their program," Trigonis said. "I think he's open to the best situation. I don't think he would mind staying close to home. He doesn't want to leave L.A. but he doesn't have to stay, either. His approach will be, I think, a little bit more deliberate this time."

"He needs time to ascertain everybody's interest in him, who he's comfortable with, wait until the July period to let everything coalesce."

Trigonis says that Dorsey will start considering which schools to visit later in the summer after he gages the schools' interest in him.

Dorsey is one of the highest ranked guards in the country and known as one of the best scorers and ball-handlers in the country. This summer, Trigonis is focused on improving a different part of Dorsey's game.

"I was trying to get him to improve on his mental aspect of the game," Trigonis said. "Trying to get him to understand that given his physical attributes, he needs to work on being a leader, communicating with his teammates, and improving in that regard."

Trigonis was in Virginia to watch Dorsey at the NBA Top 100 Camp this week. He said Dorsey was shooting well and scored 16, 13, and 18 points in his first three games at the camp.

Last week Dorsey announced his decommitment from Arizona in a statement, saying, "I realize that, in hindsight, I rushed my college choice and did not provide myself with the greatest opportunity to explore and thoroughly investigate all my possible college options. After very careful personal reflection and discussing this issue in depth with my parents, I feel I owe it to myself to open up my recruiting at this time and fully experience the recruiting process in order to allow myself to make the best possible choice for my future."

Dorsey also said he is open to returning to Arizona.

Schools like UConn, Duke, UCLA, Kansas, Louisville, Oregon, Tulsa, Texas, and California are also expected to recruit Dorsey, who averaged 21.4 points, 4.7 assists, six rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game as a junior for Saint John Bosco.

Hudson Plans to Attend SMU Camp

By: Adam Grosbard

2016 Crosby wideout Shane Hudson planned on attending SMU's June camp two weeks ago but was not able to due to unforeseen circumstances.

"I had a family emergency so I last minute didn't end up getting to go (to the SMU June camp)," Hudson said. "I'll be going to their camp in July instead."

SMU offensive coordinator Tom Mason watched Hudson practice this spring at Crosby and spoke to him shortly.

"He just shook my hand and wanted to know what I thought about SMU and stuff like that. Just pretty basic stuff," Hudson said. "I've been to the school before a couple years ago and I really liked it. It was really beautiful out there. I'd love to play for the program. I've looked up SMU a couple times since he came. I didn't even realize they were (Division One) so that really excited me."

"I've watched some film on them and they were really good, better than I had thought, so I'd love to play for SMU."

At 6-foot-1 and 160-pounds, Hudson feels he could play in the slot or line up outside for SMU.

"I could play a little bit of both. I'm an outside receiver and I saw they have some good receivers who can go up and get it and I can do that," Hudson said. "But on the inside you need good blockers and I block really good so I could do both of those."

As a sophomore Hudson caught 19 passes for 227 yards and four touchdowns. He has also spoken with TCU and Louisiana-Lafayette.

Kaufman Still Has a Spot in SMU's Class

By: Scott Sanford

Despite recently receiving commitments from two quality outside linebackers in Michael and Delontae Scott, SMU is still in the market to add more depth to the position in 2015.

A month ago, the Mustangs extended an offer to 6-foot-3, 220-pound Highland Park (TX) linebacker Mitchell Kaufman whose offer is still "committable," according to the Scotsman.

"Coach (Tom) Mason gave me a call, told me what was going, and said he's going to wait for me to make my decision," Kaufman said. "They're going to hold that spot for me for a little while."

Despite having grown up watching SMU, Kaufman said he never really thought about playing for the Mustangs, but thanks to June Jones, it's a real possibility now.

"It would mean a lot (to play at SMU)," Kaufman said. "I never really thought about being a Mustang, but now it's pretty real and it's pretty cool to be a part of that. It's not set and stone, but it looks really good and I like the place."

SMU remains the only BCS school to offer Kaufman (Holy Cross and Colgate have also offered him), but the rising senior has received interest from Kansas State and Baylor, where he will camp in the coming weeks.

While Kaufman would like to pick up another offer or two "for back up" before making his commitment, he did say he is close to make his decision and SMU is at the top of his list.

Being from Highland Park, and a current season ticket holder, the two-star linebacker has toured SMU's campus many times in the past, but when Kaufman visited SMU on June 4, he and his father got to meet with Coach Mason to discuss his offer and SMU's program.

Kaufman also has the luxury of knowing two former Scotsmen, and current Mustangs, in William Barns and Tony Richards whom he has talked to about SMU's program.

"I'm good friends with both of them and Barns texted me," Kaufman said. "I'm good friends with those guys and I know they really like it there."

Whether or not Kaufman decides to commit to the Mustangs, you can expect to see him at a number of games this coming fall.

2015 Guard to Visit SMU

By: Omar Majzoub

Class of 2015 offensive lineman Marcus McNeil hasn't heard much from SMU, but remains interested in them after picking up an offer in early June.

"Right now, my interest level in SMU is medium to high because, well, I don't have any other offers," McNeil said. "It's definitely one the schools that I have been interested in. I was before they even came to talk to me."

At 6-foot-3 and 304 pounds, the guard from James Madison HS in San Antonio has interest from Abilene Christian, Boise State, UTSA, Texas Lutheran, and more.

Although the Mustangs offered him first, McNeil hasn't heard much from the coaching staff since.

"We don't talk a lot. The last time I talked to them was when they actually offered me," he said. "My family and I are taking a trip up there sometime this summer to check out the campus though."

However, it won't be the first time McNeil checks out the Hilltop. He has family in Dallas and says he's been on campus a few times before to see what SMU has to offer.

"I would say I'm familiar with SMU. They pass the ball a lot," McNeil said. "We do a lot of run blocking, so I would have to pass block more but I'm willing to learn. If I were to go there, I would do what I have to do and pass block my butt off."

McNeil said the biggest factor in his recruiting is the "quality of coaching." Although he doesn't know June Jones yet, McNeil said he has heard plenty of positive things about him.

"He is a really good coach from what I have seen. People speak of him very highly and say he is about character and stuff," McNeill said. " You can go anywhere and like it. It's the coaches that are going to be with you all the time."

McNeil is hoping to improve his pass blocking before college because Madison is a mostly running team. However, he says he will use the summer to work on all his weaknesses.

"I think my biggest strength is my aggressiveness. I'm a good, aggressive blocker. I finish my blocks," McNeil said. "My biggest weakness is probably my pass blocking. Not all pass blocking, but I need to work on stopping the bull rush and sinking my hips a little more. I need to get lower, but I'm working on it."

McNeil's goal for next season is to be named an all-state guard and pick up more than one scholarship offer. However, he says he feels fortunate to already have an offer from a school like SMU.

"I think I would fit in pretty well at SMU," he said. "The campus life is really nice. I'm going to come check it out and we'll see what happens."

Gibson Wants to Hear from SMU

By: Billy Embody

One of the more impressive athletes in the Dallas area is Prime Prep defensive back Christian Gibson. Gibson played quarterback at Fort Worth Brewer, where he rushed for over 1,000 yards before deciding to transfer to Prime Prep.

The 2015 athlete has been to visit SMU and while Gibson hasn't heard from the SMU coaches, he does have his coach at Prime Prep trying to help him out.

"I haven't talked to their coaches. But Coach Sanders has been talking to them about me, and he told me that SMU really likes me at wide receiver and that they want to see me at their camp this summer," Gibson said. "I definitely plan on going there next month."

Gibson has already visited Oklahoma and TCU this summer, but is looking forward to getting his name out there at SMU.

"I like SMU. They're a local program, so I like that they are close to home. Their program is coming up now," the 6-2, 190-pound athlete said. "It's just a really good program, and I wouldn't mind going there if they offered."

Gibson last visited SMU as a sophomore and was blown away.

"It's a beautiful campus. It's in Highland Park, so the scenery is beautiful," Gibson said. "It's just a great environment."

Gibson also has one friend already headed to SMU in the 2015 class and would love to have a teammate coming to SMU with him as well.

"James Proche said he wants me to go over there with him, so it would be fun if we played there together," Gibson said. "He said he likes his commitment, and he doesn't think he's going to change his mind, so it would be cool."

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