The SMU coaching staff is continuing to make their rounds doing a number of in home visits with commits, as well as, others and just last week it was Kempner HS linebacker and SMU commit Jordan Ward's turn to get a visit from the staff.
“It was really nice we had a few drinks and snacks laid out for the coaches and had a great visit. We talked about the daily schedule of a football student-athlete at SMU and what comes next from this point on,” Ward said, “Coach Morris brings lots of energy and was a pleasure to have in my home.”
There were a number of topics for the coaching staff to sit down and discuss with Ward from what campus life would be like to what he can be doing on the field already to get ready.
“Some topics of conversation that we covered were on and off-campus stipends, my official visit and the new facilities and jerseys that will be coming to SMU in the future,” Ward said, “I thought it was cool when coach Malone and coach McDaniel told me that they would be sending sections of the defensive playbook and send me tests over it to make sure I understood how the plays are carried out.”
The staff also admitted they had a feeling the team would experience some growing pains this season, but with a season in the books and a sense of the proper way to practice, the staff expressed high hopes to Ward for next season.
“Coach Morris told me that they knew a season like this could happen, but they expect our 2016 class to get the ball rolling in the right direction and we all plan to,” Ward said.
The 6-3, 208-pound linebacker also loved having the staff in for a visit to allow his mom the opportunity to ask questions and get to know the staff even better.
“My mom loved the coaching staff and made lots of conversation with them about SMU and questions she had about certain dates coming up,” Ward said, “She described coach Morris as being very pleasant and enthusiastic.”
On the field, Ward was impressed with the fight SMU showed throughout the season especially in some big games against Baylor and TCU. It was these games against the Bears and Horned Frogs that showed Ward how close this team actually was to competing at a high level.
“I thought SMU was right there in almost every game it's just the lack of depth on defense seemed to show in the fourth quarter,” Ward said, “I was impressed how they played Baylor early in the season opener although it was a loss you could see how close SMU is to taking it to another level of play.”
Ward plans to take his official visit to SMU in about a month when there will be a couple other commits as well.
“I plan to take my official visit to SMU on January 23rd with a few other 2016 commits,” Ward said.
The rangy linebacker finished the season with 125 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, three sacks, one fumble recovery, one interception and one pass broken up.