SMU Junior Day Primer

SMU is hosting plenty of 2016 and 2017 prospects tomorrow for Chad Morris' first Junior Day! Find out who inside!

***Prospects are 2016 unless otherwise noted. List will be updated as we hear more!***

Quarterbacks

Sells is the most intriguing prospect on the junior day list in my mind. The Lovejoy quarterback has offers from the likes of Ohio State, Clemson, Texas, Iowa and SMU. Chad Morris’ relationship with Sells is the key to landing the highly touted southpaw. When Morris was hired, Sells commented about now being able to go and talk to Morris whenever he wants now.

Prospects in attendance

Chris Robison: Mesquite Horn (2017)
Luke Anthony: Ft. Worth All Saints
Keondre Wudtee: Bossier City, LA

Quick Take

While Sells is the biggest visitor, 2017 Mesquite Horn QB Chris Robison is just as good of a prospect and getting him on campus early and often is a great idea. Robison has a great arm and tremendous ability to move as well. Anthony and Wudtee are two solid 2016 prospects to get on campus. While Anthony may be a little farther down the list, Wudtee is garnering major attention.

Running Backs

Pennamon is a big-time target for SMU that I expect to blow out shortly. With SMU, Louisville, Washington State, Colorado and Colorado State already having offered, Pennamon is getting some major attention. While he’s told me that TCU and LSU are both his dream schools. Maybe an unofficial visit to SMU can change the Manvel playmaker’s mind.

Prospects in attendance

Reggie Cole: Dallas Carter
Aubrey White: Wylie East
Eno Benjamin: Wylie East (2017)
K.D. Nixon: DeSoto (2017)
Brandon Stephens: Plano East
Daiquain Jackson: Mesquite Poteet (2017)

Quick Take

Aubrey White and Eno Benjamin would be a heck of a tandem to get to SMU in consecutive years. Nixon is an electric back that SMU immediately offered right after Morris was hired. Stephens is another Plano East product SMU is after and would fit great in Morris offense…right alongside Ade Omotosho.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

Dallas First Baptist produced Trae Hart a couple years back, but Camron Williams is bigger and better. SMU has done a phenomenal job targeting receivers in 2016 and Justin Stepp will likely land a couple off of this list. Williams reminds me a lot of Dez Bryant the way he plays. Williams could be an early contributor as a freshman even after SMU landed a quality class of receivers.

Prospects in attendance

Adewale Omotosho: Plano East
Isaiah Harris: Ft. Worth All Saints
J.C. Chalk: Argyle
Donovan Duvernay: Sachse
Sean Dykes: Manvel
Kerry Hall: Allen
Anthony Hawkins: Arlington Bowie
Michael Irvin, Jr.: Prestonwood Christian
Khairi Muhammad: DeSoto

Quick Take

The name that jumps out at you right away is Michael Irvin, Jr., but the Prestonwood Christian receiver doesn’t have an offer. Argyle tight end J C Chalk is committed to Clemson, but you can bet if something happened with the Tigers, SMU would be right there. Duvernay is a big-time playmaker and Ade Omotosho is a receiver that I expect SMU to land.

Offensive Line

Jacob Todora didn’t have to go far to get to SMU this weekend. Todora’s only other offer is Illinois, but this is another athletic offensive lineman that fits well in SMU’s up-tempo offense. SMU still needs to shore up the offensive tackle position and Todora would be a solid start.

Prospects in attendance

Clarence Henderson: Skyline
Harrison Barton: Houston Christian
Jack Anderson: Frisco (2017)
Braxton Webb: San Angelo Central

Quick Take

Jack Anderson is a local 2017 product that is getting major attention and SMU is all over him. Anderson has been on campus multiple times and it’s a big deal that Anderson is continuing to return to the Hilltop for visits. SMU should be right in it for Anderson when his time comes to decide. Henderson is an uber-athletic lineman that will need to pack the weight on, but the staff loves his ability to move, something that is key in Morris’ offense.

Defensive Line

Mike Williams has been active on Twitter expressing his interest in SMU, one of the numerous schools pursuing the All Saints 4-star defensive tackle. Williams expects to make a decision shortly before his senior year so tomorrow is huge for SMU. Williams will be visiting with a few teammates and is extremely tight with Buddy Wyatt, Van Malone, Jess Loepp and really the entire staff. Williams has visited a few times and if the staff continues to build on that great relationship, Williams could be one of the first dominoes in SMU’s 2016 class.

Prospects in attendance

Gerrit Choate: Prestonwood Christian
Will Jones: Prestonwood Christian
Demerick Gary: Dallas Kimball
Kelvin Harris: Dallas Kimball
Braylon Jones: John Tyler
David Bearden: Argyle
Ken McLaurin: Denton Ryan
Mario Caballero: Denton Ryan

Quick Take

This is the No. 1 position of need in SMU’s 2016 class without a doubt and the staff is bringing some high-quality tackles to SMU this weekend. Williams is the standout, but Braylon Jones is a target that SMU has a good shot to land. Archie McDaniel watched in the playoffs and Jones will likely pick up an SMU offer soon. Gary is another one to watch for an offer this weekend. The Kimball product believes SMU is close to offering.

Linebackers

Prestonwood Christian will have some solid prospects on campus this weekend. Deonte Williams is just one of the few linebackers visiting this weekend that we know about. Williams would fit well at SMU’s star linebacker position and is used to coming off the edge and blitzing from the secondary.

Jordan Carmouche is the other prospect visiting and is almost identical to Williams build-wise. Both are used to coming off the edge and Carmouche may have the ability to fill out more and run. The staff offered both linebacker prospects and both are fundamentally sound and great fits in the 4-2-5.

Prospects in Attendance

SI Kilinc: Southside (Ark.)

Defensive Backs

Madre Harper would be a great land at a position of need for SMU in the 2016 class. SMU has been on a tear at Arlington Lamar and Harper is one of the crew that is making the trip. Harper is phenomenal in man coverage and has great ball skills, whether that’s ripping the ball out or making the interception. Harper has the length to match up with bigger receivers, which will be key in SMU’s aggressive defense.

Prospects in attendance

Caesar Williams: South Grand Prairie
Greg Eisworth: South Grand Prairie
Josh Drayden: Bishop Dunne
Ardran Carr: Arlington Bowie
Parrish Cobb: Waco La Vega

Quick Take

Cobb, Eisworth and Drayden all have offers from SMU and it’s a big step to get Eisworth on campus especially. Eisworth and Cobb both have Baylor and Tulsa offers as well and SMU will have stiff competition to land them. All three are talented defensive backs and SMU is looking good early with a solid group in the secondary coming to visit.

Athletes

Devin Duvernay is a tremendous prospect and electric with the ball in his hands. SMU will have a tough time landing Duvernay, but did help themselves by offering Donovan, his twin brother. In Morris’ offense, Duvernay would certainly be a sight to see.

Prospects in attendance


Darrion Green: Woodrow Wilson (2017)
Drew Estrada: Argyle
Jeffrey Okudah: South Grand Prairie
Chase Napoleon: South Grand Prairie

Quick Take

Green has been getting some good attention from the staff, but it’s too early to tell if SMU will offer him. Napoleon and Okudah are two teammates of Eisworth and SMU hasn’t offered.

Kicker

The SMU staff continues to make specialists a key part of the class even after landing Josh Williams in 2015. Luke Hogan has the leg, making a 48-yarder this year with plenty of room to spare vs. Denton Guyer. I wouldn’t bet SMU takes a kicker in this class, but it’s nice to see the staff continuing to make a commitment at the position.

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