After a busy official visit weekend which saw four 2015 players commit to SMU, the Mustangs’ coaching staff wasted no time hitting the recruiting trail and offering more 2016 players. Perhaps the biggest 2016 offer Chad Morris has extended went out to four-star Sachse (Texas) HS wide receiver Devin Duvernay on Jan. 19.
“It felt good, it was a little surprising because it came from nowhere,” Duvernay said. “The coaches told me to give them a call, so I called them and talked to coach Morris and the receivers coach, and they offered me.”
Duvernay was surprised by the offer because the staff hadn’t contacted him before, although he talked with the previous regime a little bit. However, Morris recruited Duvernay when he coached at Clemson, so the two are familiar with each other, and Duvernay gave SMU’s hire of Morris a positive review.
“I thought it was pretty good. They’re going to be pretty good in a couple years,” Duvernay said. “I kept in touch with him at Clemson and talked with him quite a bit. He’s a good coach and with him coming to SMU, coming home to Texas, I know they’re heading in the right direction. I like his plan to bring in playmakers and turn this thing around.”
SMU is far from Duvernay’s only suitor. The Mustangs are the 35th team to offer the 5-foot-11, 180-pounder, who is Scout’s 21st-ranked player and 3rd-ranked receiver for 2016. He added an offer from Michigan State when the dead period ended and also holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Ohio State, Oregon, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Miami (Fl.) Stanford, Clemson, Baylor, Texas, TCU, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Washington, UCLA, Wisconsin. He said he does not have a favorite.
“Right now everything’s pretty wide open,” Duvernay said. “I’m just trying to look at schools. I’ll probably narrow it down in the summer.”
One sticking point for schools could be Duvernay’s twin brother, Donovan, a Sachse receiver and defensive back whom SMU offered along with Devin.
“Of course, we’d like to play together. We’re going to try to make that happen,” Duvernay said. “But if we can’t, we cant. But we’d definitely like to.”
SMU, Boise State are the only schools to have offered both brothers as of now.
Duvernay admits he does not know much about SMU, but is eager to continue to build relationships with the staff and learn more about it. He plans to visit in the spring.
“It’s only 30 minutes away, so it’s an easy drive,” Duvernay said. “I’ll get to see the new staff, what they’re doing and what they’re adding.”