2016 Arlington Sam Houston running back Peytton Pickett earned his first offer last week when SMU offered him, which left him feeling pumped.
“I feel pretty good. I feel pretty hyped right now,” Pickett said. “I think he told my coaches first and then he told my mother and then she told me and then I called coach McDaniel and he officially told me.”
Pickett has a connection to SMU and is impressed early.
“I know coach Mathis. I’ve known him,” the 5-10, 190-pound back said. “It’s definitely a good school. It’s definitely a school I’d like to attend. It’s great overall. I know I’m looking forward to seeing them play this year.”
SMU is hosting Pickett for a visit this Friday and is looking to find out more about Chad Morris plans for SMU’s program.
“I got to talk to coach Morris. They want me to come up there next Friday and see what’s up,” Pickett said. “Just more about the program. I don’t that much about SMU. I know they have a good school. It’s the Harvard of the south.”
Morris’ up-tempo offense is a big plus for Pickett, whose watched Clemson’s offense the past few years and can see himself in the offense.
“I know a lot about coach Morris’ offense. I saw him at Clemson,” Pickett said. “Seeing him come in is pretty exciting to see him put in his offense. It’ll be pretty explosive all the way around.”
For Pickett, feeling at home is key for whatever school lands him.
“If they can make me feel at home, that’s the place where I want to be.
The talented back likes to make quick decisions on his cuts and get up the field quickly.
“I like to see the hole first, make a decision and see what I can do to make the defender miss,” Pickett said.
Pickett racked up 600 yards and eight touchdowns in ‘s read-option offense, but is trying to develop his leadership before his senior season.
“I’m looking forward to being a team leader, first and foremost and just being an example for the younger players on my team,” Pickett said. “As far as on the field, improving my pass blocking first and foremost.”
As far as a timeline is concerned, Pickett wants a decision in the next couple months.
“Before my season starts. We’ll have to see,” Pickett said. “I’m pretty high on SMU and I went to a game when they played Texas A&M, I feel pretty good so I really like the feel I get from SMU.”
SMU already is impressing Pickett by offering Arlington Bowie athlete Anthony Hawkins, who’s high on SMU and is also a friend of Pickett.
“I know the offered my buddy from Bowie, Anthony Hawkins, so if I had any chance to play with him, that’d be a big boost,” Pickett said.
Pickett hasn’t visited SMU since Chad Morris has been hired, but will visit this Friday.