SMU assembled most its 2016 recruiting class by the end of July, giving its members time to get to know each other, set up a big group message and even figure out roommates for next year. Last weekend, almost all of #StangGang16 took an official visit to SMU. Sugar Land (Tex.) Kempner linebacker Jordan Ward was among the 20 commits who visited and loved it, especially meeting and hanging out with his future teammates.
“It was great seeing some of the guys and see some of their personalities,” Ward said. “Everybody clicks pretty well. We were talking to each other for so long there was no awkwardness. We already knew each other basically.”
SMU head coach Chad Morris hosted all the visitors at his house for games and desserts, which Ward said was his favorite part of the visit.
“We walked in, his family greeted us, it was like we were at home,” Ward said. “We just relaxed, played pool, watched one of the college all-star games. It felt like family, and that’s the main thing I love at about SMU.”
Ward’s host was Jordon Williams, whom he had a connection with because they’re both linebackers from the Houston area. Ward and his family also toured the entire campus and went to an academic presentation from sports management department. He is interested in physical therapy and possibly minoring in sports management.
SMU hosted three big uncommitted official visitors as well, Plano East (Texas) wide receiver Audie Omotosho, Manvel (Texas) linebacker/running back Jordan Carmouche and Fort Bend (Texas) Hightower linebacker Clifton Lewis. Ward thinks the visit and current class made and good impression on them all.
“Most of their decisions come down to SMU and another school or couple other schools,” Ward said. “I talked to Jordan and he said he’s considering Illinois and SMU. They’re in our group chat as well. Clifton, I think he’s liking SMU. There’s an SMU edit he dropped in the group chat.”
Ward’s mother came with him on the visit, and her experience gave her the full confidence that her son found the right place in SMU.
“This was our fourth time on campus, so it was pretty much a reassurance that we love SMU, that it’s the place to be,” Ward said. “We had building a relationship since June.”
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Ward originally chose SMU in late June over Air Force, Colorado State, Navy and UTSA. He said he plans to room with another Houston area native, Baytown (Texas) Goose Creek linebacker Myles Duke, next year.