“It was fun. It was kind of cool. Kind of the first college practice or scrimmage I’ve kind of seen,” Sells said. “It was nice to see the speed of the game and how the coaches interact with the players and stuff like that so it was cool.”
The 2016 quarterback was impressed with Chad Morris’ staff’s demeanor on the field.
“I think interact well with their players. They stay calm so that’s good. They connect with their players so that’s real good and I like the way they interact with them.”
Before the scrimmage, Sells got to sit in on the SMU quarterbacks meeting and take in their preparation. In SMU’s offense, Sells noticed a lot of the terminology was the same.
“They kind of talked about their script for the day and stuff. Really a lot of it was what we run so it’s kind of cool to see the connection between our offense and theirs and how similar it is,” the three-star quarterback said. “I got the hang of it quickly and I saw some of the plays we ran in the scrimmage they ran so that was cool knowing that if I went there, it wouldn’t be much of a learning curve.”
The staff and Sells keep up regularly, but Sells didn’t get to have much 1-on-1 time on the visit.
“Not really. They were all kind of busy with their team meeting before hand and meetings and the scrimmage, but I mean I talked to him a little bit and said hi, but non 1-on-1,” Sells said.
Since Sells had already been up for one junior day, Sells decided to take in the meetings and scrimmage. After taking it in from the team side of it, Sells was impressed with how the staff interacts with the players.
“The team meetings and individual player meetings were pretty cool because all coaches are different with how they interact with their players so I liked the way they did their meetings and talked to the team. I liked that part.”
Offensive coordinator Joe Craddock impressed Sells with how similar he is to his own staff at Lovejoy.
“I’m used to the same up-tempo, urgency kind of coaching. That’s stuff my coaches do. I guess the familiarity with that and how he connects with the players. That kind of got me.”
The southpaw quarterback plans to enroll early and decide before his senior year, maybe by the beginning of the summer. He’ll visit Houston on Saturday for the Cougars’ spring game.
“SMU, Houston and Texas are the ones I’m kind of hitting the hardest right now and getting a lot of progress with those three schools,” Sells said. “Hoping to get some more schools out for spring ball, but if I don’t get anymore offers after spring ball, I’ll probably make a decision pretty soon. Since these schools I just said, I’ve been taking visits to and talking to quite a bit, I’ll have my mind pretty much made up by then.”
With Texas having a 2016 quarterback commit in Shane Buechele already, Sells hasn’t seen exactly the same amount of push from the Longhorns as SMU and Houston.
“SMU and Houston really both want me. Texas is hitting me up too and they are taking two quarterbacks,” Sells said. “They already have one quarterback commit so I think they want me, but SMU and Houston both really want me.”
Houston’s offense is similar to SMU and the staff’s interaction with the players is also a positive under new head coach Tom Herman.
“It’s pretty similar too. I don’t know. Him and (Major) Applewhite, I like the way they interact with their players as well. I got to take a visit up there a couple weeks ago too and they just got a new stadium that’s pretty cool. They’re trying to update most of their facilities as well,” Sells said. “I just like the way they’re changing the culture down there. I like the way they’re moving things there.”
Even with SMU and Houston standing out, Sells doesn’t have a favorite.
“I really wouldn’t say so. I’m still giving an open opportunity to everyone so I don’t really have a top right now.”
Sells isn’t really hearing much from anyone else. Sells has visited Texas too, but opted for Houston’s spring game on Saturday to even up the visits. Sells visited SMU and Houston once already this spring.