For the first time in 8 years, the SMU football program concluded spring practices with an actual spring game where fans, alumni and recruits spent Saturday taking in the beginning of the Chad Morris era.
Among the notable high school visitors was 2016 3-star Southlake Carroll (Tex.) wide receiver Zach Farrar, who did not attend the Mustangs’ junior day but was in Ford Stadium for the defense’s 80-55 win.
Overall, Farrar was impressed with what he saw from the Mustangs offense despite the loss to the defense.
“I liked the atmosphere there and the tempo of the offense so it was really good,” Farrar explained. “The utilization of the H-back position and the wide receiver position kind of made me want to play H-back and receiver.”
On his visit, Farrar got the chance to talk to offensive coordinator Joe Craddock, head coach Chad Morris and graduate assistant Donny McElveen who all expressed their sincere interest in the 6-foot-3, 190-pound pass catcher.
Craddock also told Farrar to expect him at one of the junior’s baseball games and at least one spring practice.
Farrar hasn’t had the chance to take an in-depth tour of SMU, but came away impressed by the beautiful campus as he walked through on the way to his car.
The pitcher and outfielder enjoys baseball, but if the right football opportunity is presented to him, he wouldn’t mind giving it up.
“It depends on how my (football) recruiting goes in the next year. Basically, if it blows up, then I’ll stop playing baseball because it’s a full ride,” Farrar said. “None of the offers are full rides in baseball. They’re partial. If my recruitment doesn’t blow up then I’ll stick with both.”
Football wise, Farrar does not have any favorites at this time, and will wait until after the spring evaluation period to see exactly where he’s at, but he is still hoping to make a commitment at Carroll’s spring game in May.
“I’m trying to go through senior year committed, so that’s why I’m trying to commit a little early,” Farrar said.
The former quarterback-turned-receiver might not have any favorites at the moment, but he does know what he’s looking for in a school.
“I’m looking for a good place to study law and somewhere that’s actually going to utilize me early on and even as a freshman,” Farrar explained. “Coach basically said that I’d be able to come right in and play—that’s what Morris told me—so knowing the offense, I think I could.
While Farrar has high hopes for his senior season, which include a trip to the state championship game, he’s focused on fine-tuning is skills as a wide receiver.
“People don’t really know this, but I’m actually fast,” Farrar said. “I’m a big guy with speed, so I can get down field. I’m working on my routes though since that was my first year at receiver.”