Burleson Centennial linebacker Hunter Donnelly has been picking up a few offers and talked with Pony Stampede at The Opening a week ago. He’s been hearing from SMU, but hasn’t just picked up an offer yet.
“I’ve talked with a couple coaches and stuff like that, but I haven’t gotten anything yet in terms of offers from them,” Donnelly said.
“I was talking to Anthony Hines because he just went to SMU and he was telling me how he liked it and stuff like that,” the three-star linebacker said. “It’s a good school and I’ll consider it if it comes my way.”
Donnelly has talked to his dad about getting up to visit SMU when he can and is very interested in getting over there. Donnelly believes SMU hiring Claude Mathis away from DeSoto will have a big impact on area athletes.
“I think him going there and DeSoto having the athletes that they have and him being there, they’re going to make a quick run and get the program turned around. I think they’re going to have a real good season.”
The 6-2, 220-pound linebacker talks with SMU linebackers coach Archie McDaniel regularly.
“I talk to him weekly. He messages me on Twitter, normal conversation about how everything is going,” Donnelly said.
Even with Dallas being a major pull, Donnelly would rather go out of state or about 4-5 hours away.
“I’m looking for a place that has my major and a place I can see myself staying at after college and just living there in my own city,” Donnelly said. “I’m a big city guy and Dallas is perfect for me. I’ve grown up in Texas, but I’d rather go out of state though.”
At The Opening, Donnelly was impressed with the talent level so much that he joked that he’d like his matchups to favor him a little bit.
“In the 1-on-1 drills, I’m really trying to excel there and in the 7-on-7s and 3-on-3s. I’ve seen some guys run 4.5s and I’m hoping I don’t get stuck covering one on a streak.”
Donnelly expects Centennial to be much improved, especially on defense for his senior season.