The Hilltop Review

Come inside this week's Hilltop Review for all the latest news in SMU's recruiting news!

Morrow likely deciding late

By: Patrick Engel

Larry Brown has paid close attention to Chicago-based AAU team Mac Irvin Fire since he became SMU’s coach. Current Mustang Sterling Brown played for the Fire, and a few of the Fire’s current players, including 2015 power forward Ed Morrow, have SMU’s eye. But’s Morrow’s solid performance at the July live periods has made his stock rise.

“I think he played real well,” said Nick Irvin, the Fire’s coach. “He showed everybody what he could do, shot jump shots, good protecting around the basket. He showed his all-around skills and the things he does well. He showed people how athletic he is. He did everything he had to do to get recruited.”

While Irvin was pleased with his star forward’s play, he says Morrow is the type of player who always wants to do better.

“Ed’s kind of funny,” Irvin said. “He’s hard on himself. He wants to do great every time he steps on the floor. He’s never satisfied with himself; he thinks he could do more out there on the court. But when it came down to it, he know he did good.”

Several schools showed interest in Morrow at the live periods, says Irvin, and most of them are from the Midwest. Irvin listed Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa and Creighton as schools he thinks have been the most aggressive.

“He wants to go to a school that wants him, that’s going to get him better and help him reach his full potential,” said Irvin.

Irvin did not list SMU as a school that has been after Morrow aggressively, but he says Morrow is still considering it.

“He’s been talking to him, he talks to SMU. I don’t know how much, but they reached out and talked to him and showed interest in him. I’ve known Coach Brown for a long time, and he’s a great guy.”

Irvin knows that Brown talked to Morrow, but he said he does not know if other SMU coaches have talked to Morrow as well.

Morrow will visit Nebraska and Iowa soon, but Irvin says his player is not rushing to a decision.

“He probably will make his decision late, but I’m not for sure,” Irvin said. “Ed’s a little different, he’s going to take his time to make sure (he finds) the right situation. It may take longer, it may not.”

Morrow has offers from Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, West Virginia, Creighton, DePaul, Massachusetts, Bradley and SMU, plus a few other smaller school offers. He is 6-foot-7 and 215 pounds and is rated as a three-star by Scout.

Brown working to get better everyday

By: Scott Sanford

Back in May, SMU received a commitment from two-star offensive lineman Marvis Brown, one of ten rising seniors to commit to the Ponies in May and June.

Since committing back on May 28, Brown has been hard at work trying to prepare himself for his senior season, and for his future college career at SMU.

The 6-foot-1, 330-pound lineman worked out daily while also taking the weekends to work on his quickness, agility and flexibility.

Brown speaks with SMU offensive line coach Wes Suan about once a week, and Suan continues to give him tips regarding his weight.

“I lost weight over the summer, but put it back on with muscle,” Brown said. “Coach Suan just wants me to continue to lose weight so that I can become quicker. Even though I put the weight back on I’ve definitely gotten quicker.”

Brown has yet to visit the Hilltop since his commitment, but plans on attending as many SMU home games as he can this season.

While Brown has been committed for almost three months now, and still remains “solid”, he still hears from schools such as UTSA, Missouri and Oklahoma State occasionally.

But Brown’s main focus this upcoming season is keeping his quarterback’s jersey clean.

“I don’t want any quarterback hurries or anyone touching his jersey,” Brown said. “I want to pancake the guy in front of me as much as I can while working on my punch, and I want to just be dominant the whole season.”

Brown also has plans to visit UTSA at some point this season.

McCrary ready for senior year

By: Andrew Hattersley

Almost 3 and a half months after committing to SMU for the 2015 class, Billy McCrary III is gearing up for another season with Rouse after a 10-4 season last year.

As the season gets ready to begin, McCrary is feeling confident and ready to see what his team can accomplish as they continue to move up in divisions.

“I think we’re very solid, we have 8 starters returning on both offense and defense so I think we are going to be very good this year,” McCrary said.

The season does not get off to an easy start, as Rouse opens against the Brennon Bears, who knocked them out of the playoffs last year.

“We open the season against Brennon Bears, that’s a huge game for us down in San Antonio, they knocked us out of the playoffs last year so that will be a huge opening game for us,” McCrary said.

As for this upcoming season, McCrary acknowledges his biggest goal remains to improve his flexibility.

“Other than the obvious keys like improving my strength and agility, I struggled with some hamstring injuries last year, so my biggest goal is just to make sure I improve my flexibility so I’m not struggling with my hamstrings like I did last year,” McCrary said.

Mustang fans can also be reassured, McCrary has no plans to attend anywhere other than SMU as this season approaches.

“I’m committed to SMU, so I’m staying true to them,” McCrary said.

As for possible plans of attending games this season, McCrary was not shy about his plans for this season.

“I’m going to come to as many games as I can, I will definitely be at the A&M and TCU games, and then I will for sure be watching this weekend against Baylor on national television.”

Crosby receiver working to get noticed

By: Billy Embody

2016 Crosby High School wide receiver Shane Hudson is a “go-getter” and he’s working to get schools to notice.

“Just running perfect routes and showing them that I can go up and get it at anytime,” Hudson said. “I really just worked on trying to get my speed up, ball machines and footwork. Getting my hands stronger and trying to get a little bigger in the weight room.”

Hudson worked hard this summer and was supposed to camp at SMU, but couldn’t make the trip. He has had contact with some SMU coaches so far.

“They came down here and I talked to one of the coaches,” Hudson said. “I think one of their offensive coaches. I talked to him and things of that nature.”

That doesn’t mean SMU hasn’t impressed Hudson though.

“I visited there and stuff like that. It’s a beautiful school. I would love to go to school there,” Hudson said. “I love the program is. I’ve watched a couple games. I love the way they operate on offense and it’s really nice.

Hudson doesn’t plan on getting out of Texas anytime soon. The phrase “Texas forver,” stays true with the 6-2, 160-pound receiver.

“It’s very big. My family wants me to stay close to home and I don’t want to leave Texas for anything,” Hudson said.

Hudson hasn’t really had any schools contacting him much, but has received a few letters.

Hudson is an aggressive player that loves to block and also go up and get balls when given the opportunity. “You throw it up and I’ll go get it. I’m not the speed type. I’m more a strength type,” Hudson said. “Very aggressive off the line. I usually win 1 on 1s. It’s hard to jam me. Pretty much, I’m a go-getter and you throw it up and I’ll go get it.”

There’s only one focus for Hudson besides improving on his 14 catch, 250 yard sophomore year campaign.

“Just winning. Trying to get to state,” Hudson said. “Preparation and things like that. Just showing people that I can do what needs to be done to win the game.”

Hudson’s parents are working to set up a time for him to visit SMU for a game, but there’s a reason why SMU has caught Hudson’s eye.

“They’ve been building the program quite nicely. That’s what caught my eye,” Hudson said. “Actually one of my coaches was talking about how SMU had a pretty good program and things like that.”

Hudson had three catches for 22 yards in Crosby's run-first offense in Crosby's 25-20 win over Nederland last night.

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