One of the latest 2016 players to pick up an SMU offer was 2016 Dickinson (Texas) High School linebacker Blake Carlisle, who linebackers coach Archie McDaniel offered Wednesday afternoon. The offer is Carlisle’s first.
“It feels really good to get my first offer,” Carlisle said. “I like SMU a lot. They’ve got a new coaching staff and the coaches showed me a lot of love.
Carlisle and McDaniel have been talking for about two weeks, and the junior linebacker has also talked to defensive coordinator Van Malone and head coach Chad Morris over the phone.
“The way they explained the school, the way they had everything already laid out, and I really liked that,” Carlisle said. “Coach Mac [told me about] the new staff, and I really want to look into that and see it.”
Carlisle hasn’t met the coaches in person yet, but he plans on going up to Dallas for an unofficial visit later this spring, likely for the April 18 spring game. While Carlisle is just starting to learn about SMU, he’s intrigued by everything he’s heard.
“From what people have told me, it has a beautiful campus, the people there are amazing, the community is good,” Carlisle said. “People are telling me it would be a good place to start my career as a football player and to go through with my [studies].”
Kansas State, Oklahoma and TCU have all shown interest in the 6-foot-3, 185-pound Carlisle, and he’s already taken junior day visits to TCU and Texas. He wants to take a return trip to Austin as well as check out Texas A&M, but he said he’s studied SMU closely and it ranks high on his list.
“SMU offered me first, and I did my research when I first started talked to coach Mac,” Carlisle said. “I really liked it, and I haven’t really looked into other schools other than the name.”
Dickinson shocked many by going 13-1 and four rounds deep in the 6A playoffs in 2014, and Carlisle thinks that season was his best.
“My junior season was honestly one of the best years I played in high school,” he said. “We beat teams and blew out teams that people Dickinson would beat, since Dickinson is a small town and no one really knows about us. I think we had a great season and I think we’ll have an even better one next year.”