SMU cuts ties with 2016 Irving Nimitz commit

SMU recently cut ties with Irving Nimitz linebacker Noah Spears. Details on the decision to move in a different direction below.

SMU head coach Chad Morris has said it before, "don't commit to us, if you're going to look around," and today SMU showed how serious they are about the word "commitment." Irving Nimitz linebacker Noah Spears was informed that SMU was choosing to cut ties with him and he'd not be a part of SMU's 2016 class.

Spears visited Utah State this past weekend, hosted Utah State coaches last week, and now with his latest interest from Cal, was thinking about visiting there too, Spears told Pony Stampede.

The decision to end SMU's recruitment of Spears comes after a nearly five-hour staff meeting on Sunday, sources told Pony Stampede. With Spears wanting to explore his options for college, SMU decided to drop him from its class and pursue other options for filling out the class.

Sources told Pony Stampede that the SMU coaching staff is very clear with recruits before accepting a commitment. If the player decides to commit, it's firm on both sides unless the player decides to look around and take other visits. Keeping his recruitment open and taking visits ultimately cost Spears his spot.

SMU has Kempner (Tex.) linebacker Jordan Ward and Sapulpa (Okla.) athlete Dae Williams committed in their class - both are expected to play linebacker. Spears is rated as Scout's No. 4 inside linebacker in Texas.

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