Getting involved in a player’s recruitment early often gives teams an advantage. SMU jumped in on one recruitment very early, extending an offer to 2019 Allen (Texas) quarterback Grant Tisdale, his first. While he’s honored to receive it, he wasn’t exactly expecting it, especially because he’s playing on Allen’s freshman team.
“It’s a dream come true. Everybody on the team is doing their job, and they helped me reach a lifeline dream,” Tisdale said. “I was in shock to get it as a freshman. I haven’t even played a varsity game yet.”
Tisdale said SMU defensive backs coach Jess Loepp came to Allen to meet with and offer him. He hadn’t spoken with any of the coaches before, but he visited SMU for its season opener against Baylor and said he may come back for another home game this year.
“I thought it was pretty cool. It was a wonderful environment; all the fans were into the game. I thought it was a really cool place,” Tisdale said of his visit.
Tisdale doesn’t know a lot about SMU just yet, but he’s aware of Chad Morris’ impressive track record with quarterbacks.
“I heard he came from Clemson and that he’s done well with quarterbacks,” Tisdale said. “He’s done well with Tajh Boyd and Deshaun Watson. He runs a great offensive team.”
Chad Morris stopped at Allen in late September when he was recruiting by helicopter. Tisdale was right there to see it.
“It was actually pretty cool. I’d never seen a helicopter up close like that.”
Tisdale said that Texas Tech is the only other school to show interest at this point in the 5-11, 180-pound quarterback.