2016 Dallas (Tex.) Kimball defensive lineman and SMU commit Demerick Gary took his official visit to SMU this past weekend and while he didn't have any questions going into the visit, Gary came away loving every minute of it.
"They (my family) really liked it. We got to go out to eat and they were glad I chose SMU. I already knew everything I needed to know, but we went over everything for signing day and when applications had to be in and all that," Gary said.
Gary and his family ate at the Highland Hotel on Friday before he joined his host Chris Biggurs and a few other players to hang out get the feel for the college life.
"We went out and just had fun. They were just showing me the college life a little bit. I had saw him (Chris) a couple times when he was in high school," Gary said. "We had a connection. We're from really the same place. He stayed in Cedar Hill for a minute before he moved to Coppell. We really clicked sooner than I thought we would. He's a great person and a great player. I really think he should have played this year. We just talked about the basics."
Gary was really impressed with SMU's dorms, which he got a good feel for on his visit.
"The dorm situation was way better than I thought it would be. The dorm situation is set up pretty nice. The campus is just wonderful," Gary said.
On Saturday, Gary's day featured campus tours and meetings with professors for Sport Management with one in particular shining. Gary got to try on uniforms later in the day and then talked with coach Buddy Wyatt and Van Malone a fair amount.
"I met Susie Holland. She's the most hype lady ever. She's sweet," Gary said. "We (and the coaches) already went through where I'll play next year and the opportunity I have to play. I have the opportunities, but I've got to grab it. He said I'm going to get some end, but it'll be where my body takes me. I could move inside, but I just got to take the opportunities."
After dinner at Texas de Brazil, the group headed over to Chad Morris' house to hang out and Gary was impressed with all of his accomplishments.
"We went to coach Morris' house and it was great. He's got a three-story house with all his accomplishments - bowl rings and state championships. It's really nice. There was a few of us that went out last night," Gary said.
Before Gary left on Sunday, Gary and Morris met and talked about everything over again that Gary and the staff talked about Thursday night during their in-home visit.
"He's glad for my commitment and we talked about signing day and when applications are due and all that."
Gary visited with fellow SMU commits Brandon Benson and Christian Davis. All three had a great time and it only helped his comfort level with SMU.
"It was good. We already know eachother so we're already like family. It was really a great experience for all three of us. We really reconfirmed my commitment and made me feel even more comfortable in my commitment," Gary said.
Gary might come back over this weekend for some of the big official weekend for SMU, which features 20 SMU commits before he turns his attention to the International Bowl on January 31.
"It's been a long road. A couple years ago, I didn't think I'd be here. I'm blessed to be here and thankful to be here. I'm just excited for the day and to make it official. It's a great day for me and that's pretty much it."