The SMU football program hosted hundreds of high school student-athletes for yet another successful junior day on Saturday, and 2016 Cedar Hill defensive back Eric Sutton was one of many that came away impressed by his time on the Hilltop.
Sutton has been to SMU a number of times, but this was his first time on campus for a junior day with the new staff.
“I loved it. All the coaches, all of the energy the whole practice, I just really loved it,” Sutton said. “(Practice) was a scrimmage, so it reminded me a lot of Cedar Hill like what we do—The up-tempo and fast pace. I really liked it.”
The 5-foot-10, 165-pound rising senior spoke with head coach Chad Morris, running backs coach Claude Mathis and secondary coach Jess Loepp after practice.
“They just said that they liked what they saw on film, and they’re going to try and come out there in the spring. And if things go well, anything could happen,” Sutton said.
Sutton has also become a big fan of Coach Morris.
“I just like him because he keeps it real down-to-earth. He keeps it real with you,” Sutton explained. “That’s really like the whole coaching staff. They don’t sugarcoat anything. Everything I saw at SMU this past weekend reminded me of Cedar Hill.”
Now while the Mustangs play, which resulted in just one win last season, doesn’t warrant a jump to a better conference, Sutton at least thinks the SMU program’s facilities are comparable to that of one of the top conference in the nation.
“I think it’ll really help the program, and I think all the incoming recruits are really going to like it,” Sutton said. “If they had the chance, I’d really like to see them in the Big 12 because they’ve got the facilities for it.”
Sutton, who has also heard from Iowa State, Fresno State, Kansas State, Kansas and Baylor, is still waiting on his first offer, but thinks the spring and summer recruiting periods could finally bring in that elusive first offer.
Iowa State has been talking to Sutton the most, but at this point, no one school sticks out to the corner more than the others.
With Sutton’s last set of spring practices right around the corner, he’s focused on bringing his A-game and understands going in that this is an important time to improve his game.
“Really this is my chance to market to schools that I’m a D-I player and that I can play at the D-I level,” Sutton said. “I feel that I can improve my reaction time and my speed so I’m going to work on that.”
Sutton was planning on heading to Houston this weekend for junior day, but instead will likely return to the Hilltop for the Mustangs’ spring game on Saturday.