SMU’s TempoCopter hit the air for the second time Friday, and its first stop was Prosper, where SMU head coach Chad Morris and running backs coach Claude Mathis watched running back target and Boise State commit Robert Mahone.
Morris and Mathis met with Mahone before his game and watched the first 20 minutes, which included the first of Mahone’s three touchdowns in Prosper’s win.
“I was hyped that they came to see me play, especially in the helicopter,” Mahone said. “Coach Mathis came to our pep rally too.”
Mahone nearly committed to SMU in June, but opted to take more time to make his decision. He committed to Boise State 10 days later, but SMU still is recruiting him hard, led by Morris and Mathis.
“They DM me on Twitter everyday. They’re very consistent with their recruitment of me,” Mahone said. “They’re very good guys. I believe in what coach Morris has and building up SMU. They’ve very good guys, I love them to death.”
Mahone visited the Hilltop for SMU’s win over North Texas on Sept. 12, but also took his official to Boise State a couple weeks later. While Mahone remains committed to Boise State, he’s not shutting down his recruitment just yet.
“You could said I’m open to pretty much anybody,” Mahone said. “Anything can happen between now and (signing day). But I love Boise to death. That’s my school right now.”
SMU is content to wait until signing day to land a running back in the class if need be.
Sources have told PonyStampede that SMU feels like it has a solid chance at Mahone, who has rushed for 712 yards on 6.4 yards per carry and 10 touchdowns in seven games this year. He’s also caught 16 balls for 159 yards and two touchdowns.