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Hot Button: Best SMU Defensive Lineman Signee

The Pony Stampede staff debates who is SMU's best defensive line signee in this premium discussion.

Billy: Michael Badejo

The Mansfield Timberview product is going to get a chance eventually to be a force coming off the edge for SMU. I see him being able to put some weight on his frame and play at the weak side defensive end spot with a ton of success. There’s a reason why he’s so highly touted and got some major attention. The kid is an absolute playmaker. He’ll add more moves to his arsenal when he gets on campus and while it might not be immediate, Badejo will develop into a solid player for the Mustangs.

Demo: Ken McLaurin

Love, love, LOVE Ken McLaurin. He is very strong and brings some much needed physicality to the defensive line. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen him destroy a play because he pushed his man into the backfield. He’s really good at shedding blocks too which is nice considering how strong he is, because it means he has good hands, thus he also provides some interior pressure…which he does! At 6-3, 285 pounds he is a pretty solid guy to have in the middle of your defense. He also has some big game experience. Denton Ryan went 13-1 and made a state quarterfinal appearance in Texas 6A D-1. You got to like this dude and what he brings to the table. 

Hatts: Ken McLaurin

Ken McLaurin, a defensive tackle out of Denton Ryan, is a run stopper  that just lives in the backfield. It didn’t matter whether teams sent a double team or not he was still able to blow through whoever was in front of him. Not only is he proficient stopping the run but he can also get after the quarterback and did force a couple of fumbles last season. He is going to add some meat for SMU to an area that is quickly becoming a strength for the Ponies. 

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