SMU landed the third linebacker its 2015 class when Mitch Kaufman committed in early August, but the Mustangs may not be done at the position. Plano (Tex.) East’s Austin Corbett, an outside linebacker, has had an SMU offer since December.
One more linebacker spot remains in SMU’s Class of 2015. Corbett says he is interested in SMU, and he was recently on the Hilltop.
“I went to visit one of their practices about a week ago,” he said.
Corbett’s interest in SMU has not waivered since Kaufman’s commitment. In fact, the presence of Kaufman and the Scott brothers has raised his interest.
“It kind of draws me in because I know they have those twins at middle linebacker (the Scotts), and with him (Kaufman) outside and me potentially outside, that could be a great linebacker group,” Corbett said.
Great linebacker groups are nothing new to Corbett, because he plays with two of DFW’s best linebackers at Plano East. Texas A&M middle linebacker commit Landis Durham anchors the Panthers’ defense. Anthony Hines, a 2017 prospect with nearly 50 offers, plays the other outside linebacker spot.
Corbett says that he talks to his recruiter, SMU defensive coordinator Tom Mason, every other week. The practice was the first time he had visited SMU since attending a camp in early June, but he says he’s been to SMU many times before.
“[I love] how beautiful the campus is, and the relationship between the coaches and staff, it’s really great,” Corbett said.
The 6-foot-4, 215 pound Corbett has seen his recruitment heat up during the summer. He holds offers from Nevada, UTSA, New Mexico, Louisiana-Monroe, Air Force, Navy, Cornell and Harvard, but says a couple more could be on the way.
“I went to visit Ivy League schools, I went to visit Stanford, Tulsa and Vanderbilt and Iowa,” Corbett said. “I think Yale is on the verge of offering. I think Iowa is on the verge too. I was talking to Stanford and they’re a little shaky, but I think Iowa and Yale are probably the closest ones.”
Corbett says UTSA, New Mexico, Nevada and Navy have been the most aggressive teams lately, in addition to SMU, which was his first offer. Corbett wanted to commit earlier this summer, but has since moved his decision time back.
“I wanted to decide before summer, but I don’t think I’m ready,” he said. “I’ll see how it goes; if I feel confident by the end of the summer I’ll make a decision. I definitely want to make my decision before my season ends. I don’t want to wait too much longer.”
Corbett said he has had a good summer and he thinks his team will be better than last year’s team, which saw its season end early.
“Summer was great, I think our team got a lot better,” Corbett said. “Right now I’m focused on trying to get to the playoffs, but I know once we get there we can go to state.”
Corbett had a strong junior season, finishing with 79 tackles, five sacks, 13 tackles for loss and an interception. He ran a 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds.