2016 Receiver meets SMU staff, picks up offer

Billy talked with 2016 Lancaster receiver Tyrell Alexander about meeting SMU head coach Chad Morris and his offer!

On the way back from his visit to Oklahoma State, 2016 Lancaster (Tex.) wide receiver Tyrell Alexander got good news from his coach, Chris Gilbert, that SMU had offered.

Alexander met SMU head coach Chad Morris and assistant Claude Mathis on last Thursday prior to his trip.

“I was glad to see coach Mathis and coach Morris for the first time,” Alexander said. “I know coach Mathis personally. Coach Morris though, it was the first time meeting him. He was a good guy.”

With Mathis having coached at DeSoto, many area players know Mathis and have good relationships with SMU’s running backs coach.

“It’s pretty good. I’ve seen him around at DeSoto when he was coaching there and stuff. We’ve had some conversations.”

Morris told Alexander that he needs to get down to SMU for a visit soon.

“Coach Morris was wanting me to come see him at SMU. He wanted me to come down in a couple weeks.”

There’s not any doubt according to Alexander that Morris will build SMU into a winner again.

“I feel like it’s going to be a good school coming up and they’re just rebuilding and they’re going to get it back on top like they used to be back then,” Lancaster’s quarterback said.

Under Coach Morris, SMU has begun recruiting South Dallas and the likes of Lancaster, Cedar Hill, DeSoto and other schools, something that isn’t lost on Alexander.

“I understand what he’s doing and I appreciate how he’s recruiting our area. He’s giving us a chance,” Alexander said. “Before he was hired, I didn’t think they were very good. I knew SMU, but I didn’t know their coaching staff.”

Alexander said staying local would be great, but wherever Alexander ends up, he’s going to give it his all.

“SMU is going to be a good school and nice in there,” Alexander said. “That would be nice to be close to home and where I’m used to playing if I was to go there. Then again, anywhere I go I’m going to put all my hard work into it.”

This past weekend, Alexander visited OSU for junior day and the Cowboys impressed the DFW athlete. “I really like wasn’t considering them before I went to their junior day, but they have a nice facility and they have a good philosophy there. It was nice.”

West Virginia is Alexander’s other offer and cornerbacks coach Brian Mitchell and Alexander are building a relationship.

“I talked to coach Brian Mitchell and he offered me,” the 6-1, 170-pound receiver said. “We talked about a few things, the offense and their systems.”

Whatever school lands Alexander, they’re getting an explosive playmaker according to Scout’s Midland Region recruiting analyst Gabe Brooks, who said, “This kid right here is a burner. Great initial burst coupled with long speed.” Alexander seconded that.

“I’m very quick off the ball. I have speed. I have good hands and awareness,” Alexander said.

Texas Tech and Baylor had been showing Alexander interest as well and the receiver doesn’t have any visits scheduled in the future.

At quarterback for Lancaster this season, Alexander had over 2,100 total yards including 1,300 on the ground and 14 total touchdowns.

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