In Chad Morris’ first big weekend of visits, SMU secured four commitments for 2015. The second weekend got off to a fast start when Plano East (Texas) linebacker Austin Corbett pledged to the Mustangs on Sunday morning after taking an unofficial visit.
“It feels great, the wait is finally over. I made it and I made my parents proud,” Corbett said. “Just being around the new coaching staff [was great]. They’re very energetic and ready to go, and I want to be a part of that.”
SMU’s pursuit of Corbett spanned two coaching staffs. Former SMU defensive coordinator Tom Mason offered Corbett in December 2013. Corbett said the two talked about once a month, but never had an extremely close relationship. But when Morris got the job, he ramped up the pursuit of the 6-foot-4, 215-pound linebacker. Corbett’s primary recruiter was linebackers coach Archie McDaniel, who recruited Corbett when he coached at New Mexico.
“Coach McDaniel and I have a strong relationship, the education is really good there, and I feel like I can fit in,” Corbett said.
Corbett chose SMU over Nevada and UTSA. He also had offers from New Mexico, Texas State, Louisiana-Monroe, Navy, Air Force, Cornell and Harvard. He said his relationship with the SMU coaches, and their energy helped sealed the deal for him.
“The new energy and the hype they have right now is really good for the team," Corbett said. "I researched a lot about coach Morris and his winning percentage, and I have a pretty good feeling about it.”
Corbett also said academics were important to him. He said he wants to major in pre-med or neuroscience at SMU.
Corbett could not take an official visit because of a football banquet on Jan. 24, but he said he plans to take an official to the Hilltop on Jan. 30.
The three-star prospect is Scout’s 92nd-ranked linebacker in the nation and 16th in Texas. He was 2015 District 6-6A MVP, first-team all county and academic all-state. He wants the SMU faithful to know that he will be a leader.
“I feel like I can bring a lot of help on the defensive side,” Corbett said. “I know coach Morris is really explosive on offense, so I’m sure he’ll take care of that side. I’m hoping I can be a leader on the defensive side.”
Corbett joins Mitchell Kaufman and Matt McNew as the third linebacker in SMU’s 2015 class (The Scott twins will likely play likely defensive end). He is the 16th overall member of the class and the ninth to commit since Morris took over.