Recruits SMU Missed On in 2016

Scott breaks down what prospects SMU missed on for the 2016 class.

LB Clifton Lewis

This was a head-scratcher for me.  Lewis is a better prospect than some of the Mustangs’ current commits at linebacker, so it was surprising to hear the staff wasn’t going to find a spot for the Hightower product.  Now if grades do turn out to have been the problem, that’s a different story.  But if that’s not the case, this was a big loss.  

DE Andrew Fitzgerald
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The Mustangs were once again in it for a substantial amount of time with this four-star defensive end.  Fitzgerald visited multiple times and had a good connection with the staff, but once the big programs came calling, it was hard for the Mustangs to compete with the likes of Texas and others.  

QB Brennen Wooten
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Especially with the decommitment of David Moore, losing out on Wooten when he was showing interest in the Mustangs hurts even more now.  Wooten has the same mobility Moore has, but the Central (Tex.) pro-style quarterback has a stronger arm and better accuracy.   

DB Caesar Williams
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The Mustangs pulled in a solid group of secondary players in their 2016 class, but they had the chance to upgrade it even more before taking their foot of the peddle on Williams.  SMU was in a good spot for the South Grand Prairie target heading into January, but when he wouldn’t commit to an official visit, the staff backed off.  The Wisconsin commit has great length for the cornerback position, and his ability to make plays on the ball would’ve been a great addition for the Mustangs.

WR Adewale Omotosho

0 0 1 78 447 The Marketing Arm 3 1 524 14.0 Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE If the phrase “moral victory” were ever appropriate, now would be a perfect time to use it.  SMU made it into the four-star wideout’s top-4, and had a good shot at landing a commitment from Omotosho.  But in the end, the Mustangs lost out to a big-time program.  Considering the Mustangs won just two games last season, and it’s Chad Morris’ second season, the fact that they were in it until the end for a talent like Omotosho is impressive.  As the Mustangs start to win more, they’ll start to win some of these battles.  

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