The Pony Stampede Hilltop Review 3/4

Come inside another packed Pony Stampede Hilltop Review with the latest on SMU recruiting targets.

2017 point guard talks senior night experience

By: Andrew Hattersley

For the first time all season, 2017 Richland HS (Tex.) point guard C.J. Roberts took in a game at Moody and it lived up to everything he was expecting coming into the game based on what he had been told.  

“Great game, the atmosphere was crazy,” Roberts said, “And I loved the senior’s speeches.” 

SMU senior Nic Moore, who finished with 16 points Thursday night, has been a player Roberts has watched closely recently and the junior point guard has loved how SMU lets him and the other guards control the game. 

“They let their guards play and I like that a lot, I usually like to just be let go and be free so I can move,” Roberts said, “And coach Brown, coach K.T and all of them let their players do that.” 

In recent months, conversations between Brown and Roberts have been more centered on life off the court and continuing to develop that relationship. 

“He just talked with me about school, and not only basketball but school, he talks to me about what I want to do with my life after basketball, he’s just a really good dude,” Roberts said, “He knows a lot about the game so it’s good to get knowledge from him.” 

The 6-0, 175-pound guard has grown to love SMU and can put up with it being a little too close to home as well.

“Really great school, I don’t have a lot of bad things to say about it, it’s close to home maybe too close to home but I mean I’ll be able to handle it,” Roberts said. 

The local guard currently has offers from Baylor, Illinois, Kansas State, Lamar, LSU, Purdue, SMU, TCU, UT-Arlington, USC, Virginia Tech, and has received heavy interest from a number of other schools recently including Connecticut, Kansas, Indiana, Alabama and Texas. 

Roberts is getting ready to cut down his list in the next couple of months but may delay that until his AAU season depending on how things go for him. 

“Me and my dad were actually just talking about that last week, we were talking about how after April, depends on how I do in April if I cut my list down in April or wait till July to cut my list down and then take all my official visits, it just depends on my play and what happens,” Roberts said. 

A couple key factors that will play a role in Roberts’s decision include grades and the fit of the school. 

“Of course grades, and the best fit for me and my family,” Roberts said, “I want to go far away from my family but I know I probably won’t be able to do that so SMU is the perfect distance, it’s a good look.” 

The Richland guard is ready for the upcoming AAU season to get here after the young Texas Elite squad began to grow as a team last summer. 

“Most of us just matured as players and as men,” Roberts said, “We obviously just want to win, but we know what it takes to do it since we played in it already so it should just be interesting to see what happens, I’m working on every aspect of my game on and off the court.”

Brewer talks SMU offer

By: Billy Embody

2017 Lake Travis H-Back Cade Brewer picked up an SMU offer last week when he talked with the entire SMU coaching staff after his head coach, Hank Carter tipped him off to call SMU.

"Coach Carter called me and told me coach Morris had something good to tell me so I called him and we were talking then he put me on speaker in front of the whole staff and he offered me," Brewer said. "I'm very excited. My cousin is the long snapper there and my whole family loves SMU so it's a pretty good feeling."

Brewer has been building a good relationship with SMU defensive backs coach Jess Loepp since the summer.

"It's pretty good. We talk once a week and he checks up on me. I'd say our relationship is pretty good," the 6-3, 218-pound H-Back said. "Just random stuff. He'll ask me how my day is just like a friend would do. We're trying to build a relationship."

For the James Madison game, Brewer visited and already is in love with SMU.

"I love the campus. I love everything about SMU. It'll probably be one of my top options at the end of the day. I love the coaching staff and coach Morris. He coached Lake Travis and that's a big deal."

With Morris having that Lake Travis connection, it means a lot to Brewer althought the two haven't talked much.

"I've had a few conversations with him. Haven't really talked to him too much. Coach Carter is really good friends with him and says he's a good guy to look up to."

When Brewer returns for junior day in March, he wants to build relationships and see what else SMU has to offer.

"I just want to check out their facilities really and meet all the coaches to build a relationship with them to see how SMU is."

The SMU staff sees Brewer as their hybrid tight end/H-back role, which he's already very comfortable with.

"I love tight end. I've been playing it since middle school and slot/tight end. My best part of my game is my receiver skills. I think I have pretty good hands, run after the catch and make some moves. I also think I'm a physical player that can put his hand on the ground and block the defensive end."

Bowling Green, UTSA and Texas State have offered Brewer while Houston, Oklahoma State, Northwestern and California have shown interest.

Building off a state title game appearance this past year, Brewer is looking to build off his 50+ reception, 800+ yards, 15-touchdown junior year.

"I'm gaining weight right now to try to get to 225/230 pounds to play at the college level. I'm looking forward to my senior year and trying to get back to state like we did last year."

Brewer wants to decide by the time his season start since coach Carter wants his players committed if they can be.

2017 defensive end talks SMU offer

By: Scott Sanford

With a number of junior days in the books, and the spring evaluation period right around the corner, the SMU staff has gotten a jump with the 2017 class.

They’ve also been the first offers for a number of players, including 2017 Manvel (Tex.) outside linebacker/defensive end Alfred Bryant.

The Mustangs offered the talented edge rusher on February 24, and just a week later, Bryant held up offers from Arkansas, California, Cincinnati, Louisiana-Lafayette, Fresno State, North Texas and Indiana.

“I was really excited (to get that first offer),” Bryant remembered.  “I had no idea it was coming, but it was incredible.  Those others were mostly unexpected.  Other than Cincinnati, it was my first time talking to those coaches.”

While Bryant, who’s also hearing from Washington and Michigan State among others, hasn’t had the chance to visit SMU yet, he has been speaking with SMU’s Archie McDaniel frequently, and he plans to attend a junior day next time he can.

For now, McDaniel, who sees Bryant as an outside linebacker, continues to inform him about the type of school SMU is and how their football program is.

“We’ve been talking a lot lately and they’re just informing me about the school and their updates on the way,” Bryant said.  “I know they have strong athletics and academics.”

The 6-foot-2, 230-pound junior has also spoken with SMU signee Jordan Carmouche about the Hilltop, who has raved about the campus and its environment.

Even though Bryant’s recruitment is just getting underway, he already has a planned visit to Texas State later this month, plus summer camp trips to Texas, Florida and Baylor.

Bryant says while it’s too early for any school to be standing out among the others, he is a fan of SMU’s and hopes to make it to one of their camps as well.

Southlake Carroll OT grabs SMU offer

By: Billy Embody

2017 Southlake Carroll offensive tackle Carson Green picked up an SMU offer recently after visiting for a junior day a few weeks back and he's excited about the local school targeting him for their StangGang17, especially since it was his first offer.

"It's really cool and I was very excited. I've been talking to them and they've visited our school, I went to junior day and they finally offered me," Green said. "He (Coach Fry) was excited to hear from me. I was overwhelmed."

After just meeting Dustin Fry on junior day, he's impressed with him and excited to hear more from SMU and build that relationship up.

"They seem really awesome and have a high ambition. They're going to change the program I feel like."

After touring the facilities and the dorms, Green was impressed with the SMU campus on junior day.

"Just some of their new things like an indoor facility. I liked how the field was laid out and the locker room. It was really cool and just a really good experience."

SMU offensive lineman Evan Brown was the player who mentioned him to the SMU staff. Brown has told Green that SMU is, "awesome" and that has Green high on SMU.

Green hasn't heard from other programs yet or taken any visits. He hasn't set a decision timeline yet.

The 6-6, 250-pound lineman is mobile and says he's ability to move is what stands out in his game so far.

"I need to get bigger and stronger, which everyone needs to. I need to communicate on the field more. I run around a lot, I don't get tired easily and I've got a good motor."

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