SMU welcomed a lot of big targets to the Hilltop for their matchup with North Texas, and one of their bigger targets at the game was Irving Nimitz HS (Tex.) linebacker Noah Spears who enjoyed seeing the progress SMU has already made.
“It was fine, pretty much every time I go there I have a pretty good time,” Spears said, “They started out kind of slow but then they picked it up and it was very fun to watch, their defense stopped them on a couple third downs and had a couple of exciting plays so that was fun to watch, the offense toward the end got more explosive and put up some points, that was also fun to watch.”
Although it was tough to match up with Oklahoma, where Spears visited the weekend before, he also enjoyed the turnout for the game and the energy that was present throughout the game.
“The atmosphere was nice, I think the weekend before when I went to the Oklahoma game it wasn’t anything like that but that’s a whole different conference, but for the conference they’re in I was really impressed with the crowd,” Spears said.
Spears got a chance to catch up with SMU coaches Archie McDaniel and head coach Chad Morris before the game about SMU’s season and his own so far.
“Just talked to them about the game, and how my own season is going, what I’m trying to work on and what I would like to see from their team,” Spears said, “All in all just how football was going.”
Much of the conversation between Spears and coaches centered around football and how his season was going, but the coaches also got the chance to talk with Spears about the progress they had made so far.
“They just asked how I was doing, how many tackles I had and stuff like that, and just said that they were obviously heading in the right direction, they’re just excited to get to see me there,” Spears said.
So far this season, Spears says he has been impressed with the performance of the Mustangs and the school as a whole.
“It’s really nice I like it, my mom likes it there, the coaches are cool and the facilities are nice, just I like the program I believe its heading in the right direction,” Spears said, “I know they lost to Baylor but that’s a really good team so I wasn’t really affected by that loss, they’re just exciting to watch and they obviously beat North Texas that was fun to watch, I’m looking forward to the next couple of games they have.”
“I’m just kind of taking it one day at a time, I think I’m going to take an official visit to Utah State, I don’t have a set date I’m going to be taking one but I’m also going to take one to SMU, I just haven’t worked out any dates yet,” Spears said.
That visit will answer a lot of questions for Spears who still wants to get a feel for the vibe on campus on game day and is putting a little bit of that responsibility on the students.
“I’m just going to see the students and let them show me, I want to see the student life, and the game day vibe, not just an hour before the game but leading up to it, I just want to see the campus and see the vibe that I get off campus,” Spears said.
Spears own season has also been a good one as they gear up for district play in a couple of weeks.
“It’s been going well, we are 2-1 and have the best record in Irving right now, we’re just taking it one game at a time,” Spears said, “We got a bye week this week so we’re just resting up before district starts.”