“I’m keeping my options open right now, they said I have a chance to play early when I get there and yeah that was the forefront of every conversation when they came,” said Donelly.
The strong academics at SMU and the positive momentum the program has been able to gain has made a positive impression on the 3-star defensive tackle.
“I know their education is good, they had a rough season last season a little bit but they told me they’re going to turn that around here pretty soon with this new coaching staff,” the 6-2, 300-pound defensive tackle said.
The SMU coaching staff, especially defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt, have been nothing but positive about the state of the program heading into this season and in upcoming seasons.
“They seem very optimistic about this upcoming season and yeah their coach told me we’re going to win some conference championships,” Donelly said.
As for any more visits coming, Donelly said there was only one planned.
“I’m going to Oxford [Ole Miss] this weekend,” Donelly said.
Whichever school ends up landing the big run stopper, one thing is for sure, they will get a player that is going to give maximum effort.
“I’m a high motor guy, I try always to never give up, I feel like I’m a quick-footed guy for my size and I’m passionate about the game,” Donelly said.
Although he works hard, Donelly knows he still needs to get better in recognizing plays faster.
Donelly previously committed to Rice on March 15, 2014 but decommitted in early August.