The biggest official visitors weekend in the Chad Morris era saw players from all over Texas making their ways to the Hilltop to catch up with the coaching staff and members of the 2016 Stang Gang.
Last weekend also gave the SMU staff the opportunity to go into detail with each player how they will fit into the SMU program, plus get reassurances from those wavering.
While most of this year’s recruiting class is staying firm on their commitment to SMU, there are a few players that have picked up late interest from other schools, including Cinco Ranch (Tex.) tight end Corey Rau.
The 6-foot-4, 243-pound Rau picked up significant interest from the University of Texas, which is a school he had always dreamed of going to.
“Texas was hard to say no to,” Rau recalled. “I was born in Austin, so I wanted to go there as recent as last year because I was familiar with it.”
But Rau’s relationship with the SMU coaches, plus the bond he shared with the other SMU commits on his visit, made it easier for him to stay true to his word.
“I’m already so close to the coaches at SMU and they treat me the way I want to be treated,” Rau explained. “They know how to talk to players, so it’s a perfect situation.”
The tight end has been to SMU a number of times, but this weekend was different. Taking in his first and last official visit, Rau said the red carpet treatment was something he’ll never forget. That treatment included dinner at Perry's Steakhouse in Dallas.
“Each time I go there it feels more special and welcoming,” Rau said. “We went out to these nice restaurants and basically got the white glove treatment so it was awesome. It feels like home.”
On Saturday, Rau and his future teammates got to see glimpses of their team’s future with everything from facility plans to new jersey combinations.
“It’s incredible how they’re spending millions of dollars on this machine that cools you down, jerseys, brand new equipment; they’re spending all of this money on this program, so it shows just how much they want us to win and how they believe in us,” Rau explained.
Rau left Sunday already eager to get back to campus for summer workouts in May.
And with his recruitment nearly in the books, the Katy native hopes to celebrating his signing by visiting one of his favorite restaurants before getting right back to the gym.