The Wyatt brothers; that sounds like something out of an old western film. However, if SMU head coach Chad Morris plays his cards right, it could be a headline the SIDs put in the media guides on game day with all the other interesting and sometimes obscure facts.
SMU defensive back Jordan Wyatt was on the roster for SMU’s 1-11 season. Wyatt didn’t get any playing time during what was undoubtedly a long, trying season for the players.
Jordan’s brother, Jared Wyatt, says he has moved past the rough season and is optimistic.
“With the new coaching staff, he tells me he loves it,” Jared said. “Like it’s actually fun to be there because the coaches are making everything fun with their new style. He loves it.”
There is no question that Jared is a talented wide receiver. The 2016 wide out tallied 68 catches for 1043 yards and 14 touchdowns for Wylie East this season.
At 6’ senior wide out Stephen Nelson was the tallest of SMU’s regular starters in 2014. At 6’2” 185 pounds Jared has the tools and the size to be an effective receiver at the collegiate level.
He currently holds no offers but is starting to get a lot of attention, particularly from Baylor and Oklahoma. Right now, those two programs are at the top of Jared’s wish list, but as they haven’t offered him yet he is very open to any university.
Last Monday, Jared got a call from SMU wide receiver coach Justin Stepp.
“[The conversation] went good,” Jared said. “He seemed like a really good guy. I enjoyed talking to him. We just had a normal conversation. He is a great guy; I am excited to see what he brings to the team.”
With his older brother at SMU and loving it now that the new coaching staff is in place, Jared must have his older brother in his ear talking up the Hilltop all the time, right?
“Not right now,” Jared said. “But he told me they already watched my film and they are impressed from what they’ve seen so far.”
Morris is bringing in a new era of football at SMU and right now the buzz surrounding the program is not unlike the early hype around Larry Browns coming to the Hilltop.
Already, Morris has convinced an athlete to decommit from Houston and others to seriously consider becoming a Mustang.
“I feel like [hiring Morris] was a great move,” Jared said. “I think Chad Morris is a great guy. And his style and coaching philosophy will be good for [SMU].”
With his older brother a Mustang, Jared has had a chance to visit the campus several times. He knows he’ll probably be on the Hilltop again, but isn’t sure when.
We’ll have to keep an eye on Jared’s recruitment to determine if SMU is seriously considering bringing him to the Hilltop with his brother.
They could certainly use a receiver of his size and ability and since he doesn’t have any current offers, acting fast (or first) could put SMU ahead of the competition…if having his brother here doesn’t already.