The Hilltop Review 7/24

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Edwards thinking SMU visit

By: Andrew Hattersley

The summer season is winding down, but recruiting is just getting going for 2016 Houston Hoops guard Carsen Edwards, especially his communication with SMU.

“They’ve just been talking about how they want to get me down there, they would really like me to come see the school and things like that, just how I would be impressed with the campus,” Edwards said.

The 5-11, 170-pound point guard has the same sort of respect for SMU, especially with coach Brown coaching the team.

“I feel it’s a great school, just the coach that they have and the academic part of the school that they have, and the team they have, they’ve been pretty good the past two years so I think very highly of the school,” Edwards said.

Once school gets going, Edwards also plans to take a visit to SMU, as well as a couple other schools.

“Well my season starts in September so definitely in the fall, I want to get down there in the fall, probably the early part of fall, before basketball season gets going and stuff,” Edwards said.

As for checking a SMU game out this season, Edwards said he would definitely be interested in checking out what Moody Coliseum is all about.

“If they invite me to one, I would definitely like to go for sure,” Edwards said.

While he waits to visit SMU, the Atroscocita HS (Tex) guard is also building a good relationship with the SMU coaching staff.

“I’ve talked to coach Jank a lot and coach Turner, it’s a good relationship, coach Jank came to my school at the end of the school year and he met my mom and things like that,” Edwards said, “I talk to coach Turner on the phone a lot too, probably once a week, so it’s a good relationship.”

Overall, recruiting has gone well for the Scout three-star guard with a number of schools showing interest.

“It’s been good, a lot of schools have recruited me pretty hard like Vanderbilt, Kansas State, Iowa State, a bunch of schools like that as well so its been good,” Edwards said.

Edwards has offers from Baylor, Georgia Tech, Houston, Purdue, Tulsa, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Kansas State and Rice.

Edwards is still sifting through his list of schools and will take into account both academics and the basketball team when he makes his decision.

“Just a good place where I can fit in and learn, and a place I can come in and play and contribute my freshman year, but also a school with good academics,” Edwards said.

It’s been a successful summer for Edwards so far, who’s seen increasing playing time as the summer has gone along.

“It’s gone well, it was a good experience going against good competition, I think I improved myself out there and I enjoyed it,” Edwards said, “Just my shooting, shooting it consistently, I shot the ball more consistently and I was able to help my team and just being more of a vocal leader, I think I improved a lot.”

Looking ahead to the future, Edwards is just looking to perfect his game at this point, and limit his mistakes as his final year of high school approaches.

“Just continue to play consistent, and just be able to play the whole game, and being able to lead my team,” Edwards said, “Not having any negative plays in a game, being as close to perfect in a game as possible, and just being more consistent.”


2016 small forward having solid summer

By: Billy Embody

2016 Klein Forest small forward has been hearing a lot from SMU assistant coach KT Turner and said that relationship has him considering a visit to SMU.

“They text me every now and then. They don’t text me everyday, but we’re real cool,” Williams said. “They like me a lot. We talk regularly and we laugh and joke so he’s just real cool.”

Williams talked last with head coach Larry Brown when he got offered and said the conversation really stuck with him.

“When I got the offer, coach Brown talked to me and told me. We talked for like 20-30 minutes. I talked to coach Turner and they text me every now and then,” Williams said. “I like SMU. It’s a good school, but I’m not just saying that. I’ll for sure visit SMU.”

Oklahoma State, Houston, Western Kentucky and Baylor have offered too. Kansas State and Texas is also showing interest with Shaka Smart coming to most of his games.

As for his college, Williams wants a family atmosphere where he’ll be, “loved as a player and a person.” Williams has NBA aspirations so getting that preparation is also important.

This summer, the 6-8, 190-pound forward has been working on his game while playing with Texas Pro and said the work has been paying off.

“It’s good. I’ve been playing a lot better lately with my dribbling and getting to the hole more,” Williams said.

Williams’ team won the Great American Shootout last weekend in Duncanville and is now competing in the adidas Gauntlet.

“I just want to win and end the summer on a good note. Possibly earn some more offers. If I get them, that’d be nice.”

Williams doesn’t have a timetable on a decision, but said after his AAU season sometime.


SMU commit talks life after committing

By: Matt Sanders

Arlington Heights defensive tackle and SMU 2016 commit Patrick Jones has enjoyed being an SMU commit. However, because of where he lives, it has taken him some time to adjust to post-commit life.

“Growing up in Fort Worth, I’m used to meeting TCU alumni. Ever since I committed, there have been more and more alumni from SMU,” Jones said. It’s a little different to be an SMU commit when I’m so close to TCU. I never understood the rivalry, but now I do.”

Jones has set several goals for his senior year, and if he can make them happen, he will head to the Hilltop with momentum on his side.

“I want 20 sacks during the regular season, and that’s a minimum,” Jones said. “I also want to be district MVP or even make all-state.”

As for his off the field goals, one in particular stands out for him.

“I want to continue to be the best-dressed at homecoming,” he said.

While other commits in the 2016 class are recruiting players in that class to come to SMU, Jones is focusing on future classes so SMU’s recruiting momentum can stay strong.

“I’m trying to talk with kids in the 2017 class,” he said. “It takes two classes to make a dominant football team, so I’m trying to recruit as much as I can.”

Jones plans to go to several games this fall, and he is excited to see where the Mustangs will be.

“My grandfather always tells me about how great SMU was, and I want to be part of bringing SMU back to greatness,” he said.

Jones’ vision of SMU is bright, and he believes it can come true by the time he graduates from SMU.

“By the time I graduate from SMU, I want them to be talked about like TCU, Baylor and Alabama,” he said. “When you talk about some of the most dominating and relentless teams, I want SMU to come up.”


2017 quarterback talks SMU, summer

By: Matt Sanders

Refugio (Tex) 2017 quarterback Jaylon Mascorro has had a summer full of school camps and college offers. SMU was the first school to offer Mascorro, and it is safe to say he did not expect that to happen.

“I was shocked because I was going to get an offer as a sophomore, but my coaches knew I was going to get an offer,” Mascorro said.

After receiving the offer from SMU, Mascorro received offers from Houston, Kansas and Rice. Although his list of offers is just beginning to grow, SMU is sitting near the top.

“Right now, SMU is second, behind KU,” he said.

Currently, Mascorro has not made plans to visit SMU, but he has stayed in touch with coach Craddock.

“We’ve talked about how things are going on campus and how they want me there,” he said.

To prepare for his junior year of high school, Mascorro has participated in several camps, and so far, they have focused on improving his footwork. He most recently participated in one at UT, and he will participate in an LSU camp later this summer.

Although the regular season has not started for the Mustangs, Mascorro admires what head coach Chad Morris and his staff have already done to turn the program around.

“It’s amazing what Chad Morris has done everywhere he’s gone, and I believe he will win at SMU,” he said.

As for the recruiting efforts that the coaching staff has made to keep players local, Mascorro describes them in the simplest form.

“They understand that Texas has the best athletes.”


2016 guard unsure of where he stands with SMU

By: Demetrio Teniente

It’s going to be a big weekend for SMU. A bunch of recruits are dropping by the Hilltop—some have already made up their minds, some are on the fence, and some are coming in absolutely fresh.

2015 Milton safety Josh Moran falls into that second category. He’s narrowed his list of 20 plus offers to five (in no particular order): California, SMU, West Virginia, Navy and (contingent on receiving an offer) Stanford. SMU is in his top five, but he has yet to set foot on the Hilltop even once.

“I’m really excited about this weekend,” he says. “I’ve heard so much about the campus, I love the coaches-- They are my favorite out of any school that I’ve talked to so far.”

Moran says he talks to coach Joe Craddock at least once every week, but the coaches have made sure he gets something in his mailbox every single day.

“This weekend is about whether or not it feels like home,” Moran says. “I also want to learn more about the schools academics. And I want to make sure I can connect with the coaches in person like I do over the phone.”

Joshua is trying to decide between pursuing and engineering or business major in college. Luckily for him both SMU’s business and engineering program are and have been ranked among the Nation’s best for years and years.

And wherever he ends up, Moran just wants to do whatever he can to help the team succeed.

“I just want to be a consistent starter and help the team,” he says. “If I’m blessed to go to the next level—great. But right now, I’m focused on helping whatever team I am playing for.”


Friday Cookout Notes

SMU is hosting a very private event tonight for commits, 2016 top targets and top 2017 targets. Here is a look at some of the kids that have told me they’ll be here as well as a take on their status. I’ve confirmed these kids with sources as well.

— I just wanted to say this event is going to be really great for the staff, players and recruits with their families. I’d imagine it’s going to be a lot of sharing from the staff and really getting to know these players and what this program is about.

David Moore will not only visit Friday, but will throw on Saturday. Corey Rau, Brandon Benson and Audie Omotosho are all expected to be in attendance Friday so forming bonds will be his first responsibility.

— Benson has to be on commit watch here, but did tell me late last night that he expects to take other visits. Could be blowing smoke, but we’ll see. He’s staying for the camp tomorrow so if he does get on the field with Moore and develops a connection, that’ll be huge.

— My take on Omotosho is that this could really push him to realizing SMU is where he needs to be. He won’t commit tonight, but he loves the staff. A night like tonight, could be the moment he looks back on that he made his decision if he would pick SMU.

— For Rau, it’s really now or never. Within a week, if Rau doesn’t decide, SMU could move on. Not saying it’s going to happen, but he’s been feeling SMU long enough. Make a decision.

Robert Mahone will be in attendance. Sources tell me that the feeling is that he’ll sign with SMU and being on campus with all of his friends could push him big time. Jess Loepp is taking the lead here along with Claude Mathis to work on him.

— There are two “surprise” visitors and that’s Amarillo defensive lineman Ivory Jackson and Waco La Vega defensive back Parrish Cobb. Jackson is a Texas Tech commit and Cobb is a tough one to land if you’re SMU. They’re definitely playing catchup on both, but just to get the two on campus will help SMU.

Caesar Williams may be the most realistic candidate to join the class out of the defensive backs in attendance along with A.J. Green although Williams could snatch Green’s spot if he wanted to commit.

— Josh Moran and AJ Green are also going to be there, but don’t expect either to make a decision soon. Noah Spears will also be in attendance, but SMU is full at linebacker.

Mike Williams will be in attendance. Huge deal for SMU. We’ve talked about it a little bit on the board, but he always talks about family when talking about the coaches and this is an event that will push that even more. He is unlikely to decommit from Stanford unless he can’t get in. SMU will get him in and would welcome him with open arms.

— Dallas Skyline defensive lineman Joe Wallace is expected to attend along with La Marque defensive lineman Aymiel Fleming and Marble Falls ATH Ryan Becker. SMU has one spot available on the defensive line and would welcome one of the three if they decided to commit. No word on the ranking of them, but Wallace and Fleming appear to be the favorites.

— Commits in attendance: Blake Carlisle, Braxton Webb, Christian Davis, Collin Rock, Craig JimLawson, David Moore, Demerick Gary, Eric Sutton, Harrison Barton, Jacob Todora, Jordan Ward, Josh Shelmire, Kadarius Smith, Michael Badejo, Michael Clark, Mikial Onu, Myles Duke and Patrick Jones.

Notable 2017 prospects in attendance: Anthony Hines, Eno Benjamin, Jack Anderson, Charlie Brewer, KD Nixon, Kishawn Kelly, Tracin Wallace and Tylan Wallace. Cade Brewer, Cade Green, Tyler Barrett and Brendand Jaimes will also be in attendance.


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