SMU commit updates spring

Hatts talked with Houston Lutheran South wide receiver Joshua Shelmire, who talked about spring practice!

2016 Lutheran South HS (Tex.) wide receiver and SMU commit Joshua Shelmire was in attendance for SMU’s spring game, and noticed a tremendous improvement at the program already.

“I liked the atmosphere, I thought that they were improving, the players are buying in, I really like their big receiver Courtland Sutton he’s pretty impressive, caught a couple of touchdowns during the spring game,” Shelmire said.

The excitement for the SMU season has been building among SMU fans since the day coach Morris was hired. After getting a glimpse of the team last week, Shelmire can sense the excitement fans have, as well as, that they will see an improved product on the field.

Since the 6-2, 180-pound receiver was on campus in mid February, he has noticed many of the renovations the SMU football facilities have undergone and came away impressed.

“They look good, everything looked up to par, and they are trying to get in recruits and stuff like that,” Shelmire said.

Joining Shelmire on his visit was his teammate and friend Colton Williams who also loved his visit to the school. Shelmire said he has been campaigning for his friend to come join him on the Hilltop.

“He really likes it, I know he’s been visiting a lot of colleges but I’m really trying to get him to come to SMU, I know he enjoys it up here,” Shelmire said.

Nonetheless, Shelmire just loved the opportunity to have one of his close friends on a visit with him and appreciated the fact they could both enjoy the visit so much.

“It was fun to have a buddy up there with you, it was fun for both of us, he really likes it up there, it was just nice having a friend up there with me,” Shelmire said.

Since committing to SMU, interest in the Lutheran South wide receiver has picked up, however, he said he is focused on getting ready for SMU to come watch him in a couple of weeks.

“I got a couple more offers, in February right after I committed I got one from Northwestern, and last week I got one from Memphis,” Shelmire said, “I’ve been working hard, getting big, getting strong, they told me they were going to come watch me during spring so I’m just getting ready for them to come watch.”

While getting ready for SMU to come watch him, Shelmire has been making a little noise on the track to improve his speed.

“I’ve been doing track & field and an offseason weight lifting program and last week I actually ran a 22.17 in the 200 so that was good,” Shelmire said.

Since Shelmire committed to SMU, he has also been keeping up with the SMU coaching staff on a regular basis. The Lutheran South receiver has mostly been in touch with assistant coaches Buddy Wyatt and Justin Stepp.

“We’ve chatted a lot through social media, literally every week,” Shelmire said

The offense also impressed Shelmire, especially one standout wide receiver from the spring game that is one of SMU’s breakout candidates heading into the season.

“I really like how the receivers are getting along, Sutton I’ve been really impressed by him and coach Stepp, Chad Morris and their new offensive philosophy, I like what they’re trying to do,” Shelmire said, “Matt Davis, he was better, I can see he was still adjusting to the system but I like where he’s coming along.”

In the coming months, Shelmire will be going to their camp over the summer in early June and also do a couple more unofficial visits throughout the year.

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