The 2015 season came to an abrupt end for Cedar Hill when they squared off with Southlake Carroll in the first round of the playoffs.
The Dragons out lasted the Longhorns and pulled out a 37-33 victory. For 2016 Cedar Hill safety Michael Clark, the disappointment was two-fold.
“We didn’t end how we wanted it to,” Clark said. “And I didn’t get to end it the way I wanted to because I had an ankle injury the last couple games. It was very frustrating not being able to help my team out when they needed me.”
And even though the past few weeks have been hard following the loss, things got a little brighter when the SMU coaching staff dropped by Clark’s home for an in-home visit.
“Coach [Van] Malone came one Sunday and then coach [Claude] Mathis and coach [Jess] Loepp came later on the next week,” Clark said. “It was pretty good. I got to ask a lot of questions that my family and I wanted answers to. And we got some things clarified.”
Clark’s father wanted to know what the outlook was in 2016 as far as the depth chart, playing time and what Clark needs to do between now and training camp.
“My mom asked a lot about the academic stuff,” he said. “Like when I’ll start classes in the summer and which ones I’d be taking. We also asked about the renovations that are happening on campus.”
Clark said that the visit was good, not just because of the extra attention from the staff, but because it was genuinely nice to see them in person again.
“We talk all the time,” he said. “I have a good relationship with all of the coaches. I don’t get to talk to coach Morris as much as the others, but I still get to talk to him a lot.”
When the visits were over, Clark said he was filled with the same excitement as when he first committed to SMU.
“It’s like that every time I get to talk to the coaches,” he said. “They kind of always reaffirm that I’m going there. In my mind it’s just a huge honor that I’m really going to SMU.”