SMU signed just one defensive back in its 2015 class, so the position is a priority for 2016. And one priority defensive back recruit is Dallas Bishop Dunne’s Josh Drayden, who loves the relationship he’s built with the SMU staff, namely secondary coach Jess Loepp and defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt.
“It hasn’t really been about football, it’s been about how I’ve been, how they’ve been, how’s school going, stuff like that. That’s pretty cool that I don’t have to talk about football 24/7,” Drayden said. “I talk to them more than I talk to other coaches, and when I do talk to other coaches, it’s not as entertaining, I would say.”
Wyatt even stopped by Bishop Dunne earlier this week to check in on Drayden, who doesn’t start spring practice for another week because of his track commitment. While football is important to him, he’s been impressed with the non-football aspect SMU just as much as the football itself.
“SMU, it’s just a family feel, it’s not football all the time. Football’s a big part, but it’s more of building toward the rest of your life,” Drayden said.
Drayden has visited SMU twice since grabbing an offer in January. He pegged SMU as the school that has recruited him the hardest, along with Northwestern and Iowa. He traveled to Evanston for a junior day, but has not gotten to check out the Hawkeyes yet. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound corner’s only other spring visit was to North Texas, though he has a couple on tap for summer.
“Probably going to Stanford camp, and I might throw in another camp, although I don’t know what school yet,” Drayden said. “After spring, I’ll start planning more visits and stuff depending on how things in spring turn out.”
Drayden has offers from SMU, Northwestern, Iowa, Toledo, Rice, Arkansas State and Texas State. He plans to narrow down his list once he takes a few more visits in the summer. He didn’t jump to any teams that stuck out as a favorite, but he sees the appeal in the three schools aggressively pursuing him right now.
“Not really, I mean those three are, SMU, Northwestern, and Iowa, out of the teams that have offered me,” Drayden said.
Drayden’s Bishop Dunne Falcons won a state championship last season, but the junior still feels he has a lot to show and prove this spring.
“Explosiveness. Mainly explosiveness, and just me being a technician, just trying to perfect the technique behind all the stuff that DBs have to do,” Drayden said.