2016 Lutheran South Academy (Tex.) wide receiver Joshua Shelmire committed to SMU Saturday and in the process became the first commit of the 2016 class.
“I love their new coaching staff, and their new philosophy that they’re putting in and I just felt like it was a good fit for me, I love the environment” Shelmire said.
Shelmire has been speaking with just about every member of the coaching staff and loves the philosophy that they share amongst each other and with their players.
“They share good leadership qualities, their up-tempo offense, they want it to be disciplined and care about outside of football life, as well as, football life.”
The coaching staff had been keeping up with Shelmire in the past couple of weeks, mainly through social media.
“Yeah some on Twitter, and they came to my school to offer me,” Shelmire said.
During those talks, they have once again been stressing not only what they’ll do on the football field but all the other aspects as well.
The 6-2, 180-pound receiver was present for SMU’s junior day this morning, which was ultimately what pushed him to commit the Mustangs.
“The camaraderie with the coaches, I love that, we got to see all the new facilities they’re upgrading and they really committed to caring about our future.” Shelmire said.
Another visitor today that joined Shelmire was his brother Christian, a running back at Lutheran Shore, who also loved the visit.
“He was really excited, he kind of talked to the coaches a little bit,” Shelmire said, “He was just around me when I was talking to the coaches.”
Christian does not currently hold an offer from SMU and is a part of the 2017 class.
Now that Shelmire is committed to the Mustangs, he plans to be around the team plenty in the coming months.
“I plan on coming to games, practices, camps, and everything,” Shelmire said.
Shelmire is confident about the direction this program is heading in, while admitting it can only go up in the future.
“It can’t get any worse so it’s got to go up from here, I’m excited about this coaching staff and what they’re building,” Shelmire said.
This coaching staff, Shelmire says, is the thing he is most excited about getting to develop in the future.
“This coaching staff definitely is what I’m most excited for, I can’t wait to play under a great head coach, to learn life lessons and to have a lot of fun in life,” Shelmire said.
Shelmire received plenty of interest from Brown, Liberty, Northwestern, TCU, Dartmouth and Princeton however SMU was his only offer but it was his dream school to attend.
Shelmire has been named first team all-district twice in high school for his performance on the field.