The new SMU coaching staff has yet to land their first four-star commit, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t reached out to some.
The Mustangs struck out on four-star 2015 quarterback Chason Virgil, and were left out of four-star 2015 offensive lineman Josh Wariboko’s top three, but the staff has also expressed interest in some 2016 players.
The arrival of Chad Morris on the Hilltop also meant the arrival of other coaches from numerous different programs, including former Oklahoma State defensive backs coach Van Malone.
Malone was named the new defensive coordinator for the Mustangs, and one of the first players he reached out to was 2016 Manvel High School (Tex.) safety Deontay Anderson.
Malone and Coach Chad Morris paid Anderson a visit at his school to meet the junior and offer him.
Anderson, who holds offers from major P5 programs such as Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Clemson, Florida State and Georgia among others, had been recruited by Malone while he was at Oklahoma State and the two have formed a close bond.
“He was the one who offered me at Oklahoma State, so he offered me at SMU also and I know him pretty well,” Anderson said. “I also talked with Coach (Chad) Morris and he said how good an athlete I am and that they want me.”
Anderson said he “really likes” SMU and the fact that it is close to home, but he doesn’t know much about the school as a whole.
The four-star, hard-hitting safety has no plans at this time to make a trip to the Hilltop, but after talking to his dad that could change.
Anderson has plenty of time before making his final decision, but he does have an idea of what he’s looking for in a school.
“I just want to find a place I can call home, get on the field and play early and prepare me to have a great life after football,” Anderson said.
Originally, Anderson had hoped to make his college decision before the start of his senior season, but he now plans to wait until the Under Armor All-American game in January 2016.
Anderson describes himself as “savvy and fast” and enjoys his role in the secondary being the last line of defense.