The Hilltop Review 8/14

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Alexander recaps SMU visit

By: Patrick Engel

Lancaster (Texas) wide receiver Tyrell Alexander became one of DFW’s best available offensive weapons when he decommitted from Oklahoma State in late July. So it’s no surprise he’s had plenty of suitors since he reopened his recruitment. SMU offered Alexander in January, before most other schools did. Shortly after he decommitted from the Cowboys, Alexander camped at SMU and toured it with the coaches. He even got the scoop on SMU’s yet-to-be-publically-unveiled football facility plans.

“I toured the school with coach (Claude) Mathis and coach (Chad) Morris, “Alexander said. “I liked the campus, it was pretty nice. I liked the facilities, what they’re considering and building in the next few years. Their indoor facility, I like how it’ll come out.”

SMU, Texas Tech, Houston, TCU, Boise State, Oklahoma, Baylor, Arizona State and Tennessee have reached out and shown the most interest since his decommitment, but with fall camp and two-a-days underway, he’s not thinking about recruiting too much.

“I’ll be hearing from schools every once in a while, just checking up on me. But I’m really just focusing on the season right now, but I communicate with some recruiters,” Alexander said.

Mathis stayed in touch with Alexander when he was committed to Oklahoma State. Alexander hadn’t visited SMU before his trip to camp and unofficial, when he finally met Mathis.

“He’d check on me every once in a while, just to check and see how I’m doing, letting me know that I’m still on their mind. I like the way he is as a person, he’s cool and comfortable to talk to,” Alexander said.

No team has offered Alexander in some time, because of his commitment. (He originally committed to Oklahoma State in mid-April). He holds offers from SMU, Arkansas, TCU, Baylor, Texas Tech, Houston, West Virginia, Oklahoma State, Iowa State and Tulsa. But two more could add their names to the list.

“I haven’t gotten any offers lately, but I feel OU and Boise State are coming on pretty strong as far as offering,” Alexander said.

Alexander doesn’t have a set date for making a decision, but thinks it will come after his season or possibly as late as National Signing Day. He is thinking about his five officials visits, though.

“I have an idea about it, I just haven’t confirmed it yet,” he said. “I’m thinking I want to check out Arizona State, Tennessee and probably another school I haven’t visited yet.”

For schools closer to home, Alexander plans to visit them unofficially. He said SMU might not get an official for that reason, but that he will visit for the opening game against Baylor on Sept. 4.

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Alexander played quarterback for Lancaster last season, but with former Dallas Kimball quarterback Ryan Ross transferring to play for the Tigers, he’ll play at wide receiver this year. He’s Scout’s 56th-ranked receiver nationally (ninth in Texas) and a four-star prospect.

2016 guard talks SMU interest

By: Patrick Engel

SMU has zeroed in on its top targets for 2016, and one to watch is Oklahoma City Southeast point guard Dashawn McDowell. A former Tulsa commit, McDowell has been in consistent contact with SMU since he got an offer in April and has agreed on a date for an official visit.

“I’m thinking I’m going down to SMU on Sept. 4.,” McDowell said. “Right now, they just need to talk to my mom and one of my other coaches.”

McDowell, a 6-foot-6 and 185-pound guard, had a solid July live period, showing his ability to score off the ball screen and pick-and-rolls. That’s a big reason why SMU has placed a priority on him.

“Just playing in that set of offense and playing with those type of players who will set me good screens (has helped). I’ve actually developed a jump shot too,” McDowell said. “Coaches have said that’s my best, off ball screens, and isolations would be perfect.

With McDowell’s size and knack for scoring, college teams have looked at him as a combo guard or off guard instead of solely as a point guard. He’s open to playing wherever and doesn’t have a preference. SMU in particular has not told him a specific position.

“It’s split in half mostly, some want me to play combo guard, some want me to play point. It just depends on the matchup I have and what I’ll be doing,” McDowell said. “They (SMU) haven’t necessarily been saying point guard, but whatever is suitable for the team.”

McDowell played in the Great American Shootout and the Las Vegas Fab 48 with a couple torn ligaments in his ankle, but still attracted plenty of suitors and new interest. He said Baylor, Nebraska, UNLV, LSU, Arizona, California and Oklahoma have recently contacted him and watched him during the July live periods. He holds offers from SMU, USC, Houston, Wake Forest, Texas Tech, Weber State, Florida Gulf Coast and Tulsa.

“They’re all equally pursuing me, except Florida Gulf Coast. I haven’t talked to their coaches in a while,” McDowell said.

McDowell would like to sign in the early signing period, but said he’s not set in stone to the plan just in case he wants to evaluate schools more and explore more teams. He also said he hasn’t thought about his other four officials.

McDowell played AAU for Urban DFW Elite.

SMU QB commit updates summer, Syracuse

By: Demetrio Teniente

It’s been a while since we checked in with 2016 Milton High School quarterback and SMU commit David Moore. The past two weeks, teams all over the country have started practicing and Moore is getting ready for his senior season.

“It’s very exciting,” he said. “I was voted team captain this week and its my senior season so yea, I’m pretty excited about it.”

Voting him a captain, says a lot about what Moore means to this team, what he’s accomplished, and what they believe he can do. Moore says while it is an honor, it won’t directly change his duties to the team.

“Being the quarter back, whether I was voted captain or not, there is a tremendous amount of responsibility,” he said. “Being a captain and making decision for the team, won’t change that much for me because I was already in a big leadership role. So I just need to continue doing what I’m doing.”

Milton will have a lot of new face on the field this season, but Moore isn’t too worried about any possible growing pains.

“We lost a lot of seniors from last year but I fully expect us to win a state title,” he said. “We made it to the third round last year and lost to the team won state by a touchdown. This is a good team.We have a lot of transfers and new players too, so we should be fine.”

Moore recently visited SMU. His original hope was to visit twice during the summer but, it didn’t work out that way for him.

“I got to see everyone,” Moore said. “All the guys came out and I got to spend some time with them. It was really good-definitely something I wanted to do.”

Moore and the rest of SMU’s class of 2016 are already incredibly close. They have a group thread where they all talk every day. And it is not just “how are you” type things.

“We just feel like we tell each other everything,” Moore said. “We all have such a great relationship that I know most colleges don’t have.”

Moore is a big reason why they are already so close.

“It’s a good feeling knowing that once I get there that I’ll have a personal relationship with most of my class,” he said. “And that is something that will help me going forward, playing the quarterback position. You want to know the kids you go to college with and I was just doing my job as the quarterback of my class, to help get the best class possible.”

You may or may not have heard some grumblings about Moore making a visit to Syracuse. If so, you are probably wondering ‘why?’

“Well my dad went to Syracuse and played lacrosse there for four years,” Moore said. “When we got their official offer in the mail he got really excited and stuff. He wanted to reach out and set up a visit.”

Moore’s father is well connected within the University and talks to their offensive coordinator Tim Lester all the time.

“He’d been trying to get me in for an official for a long time,” Moore said. “I know people are going to speculate but I wanted to get that out there before people found out from somewhere else. Just so people know that I’m being upfront with everything. I saw Syracuse already, before I committed to SMU. I know SMU is the place for me. I am 100 percent committed to SMU.”

2018 forward grabs SMU offer

By: Andrew Hattersley

2018 Dallas Bishope Dunne (Tex.) power forward Grayson Carter has only just finished his first year of high school, but as he learned this week when he got an offer from SMU, them, as well as, other schools are already high on the talented forward.

“It was nice, I was kind of nervous to be honest, I didn’t know it was coming,” Carter said “I feel blessed to be given the opportunity to play at the next level, especially at such a young age, hopefully I will get to talk to the coaches and get to know them better.”

As has been the case with SMU a lot lately, assistant coach K.T Turner watched Carter a lot this summer and hopes to stay in touch with him once a week.

“He came to a lot of my games this summer,” Carter said, “He told that I was going to be getting an offer and he expected me to call about once a week to keep up with him.”

The 6-8, 200-pound forward admitted he is still getting used to all the attention he is getting but likes the coaching staff already.

“They have a really nice coaching staff, they press hard like it’s a lot of pressure on me but I like the coaches and its been fun,” Carter said, “The only other school that I have spoken to is Houston with coach Sampson, he’s nice and cool too.”

Receiving an offer from SMU is a big deal for Carter, and he is certainly still wrapping his mind around it but he says it’s an honor to receive an offer from coach Brown and he loves the campus already.

“Kind of nerve-wracking, it’s hard to put into words really,” Carter said, “My team went on a visit there in June, the campus is amazing and the facilities they have a really good practice area, my favorite part of the visit was the locker room, if I had to choose.”

Carter has offers from SMU, Houston and Iowa State, although he has not spoken to the Cyclones coaching staff.

Carter also hasn’t spoken much to the Houston staff but also liked their coach and is very familiar with the school.

“I’ve only had the one conversation with the Houston coach when they offered me,” Carter said, “It’s close by, one of my mom friends’ had a daughter that went there so I’ve been to the campus its nice.”

Carter had a much better summer this year than last, but knows there is still some room to improve, as he gets ready for next season.

“It went pretty well, it went way better than last year cause I was hurt last year, I probably could have done better if I weighed more, but other than that it went pretty well,” Carter said, “Defense, and foot speed, definitely speed along with ball handling and the wing game, trying to be a complete player.”

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