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McBride impressed with SMU following visit

By: Patrick Engel

SMU offered a few highly rated 2017 quarterbacks last spring, but that hasn’t stopped it from continuing to offer and recruit the position. The most recent quarterback offer went out to League City (Texas) Clear Springs’ Will McBride. McBride visited SMU in February for a junior day and it impressed him.

“That’s when I really saw the place and meet the staff, see what everything was about,” McBride said. “They had really nice facilities, it was a family atmosphere. The coaches were really nice and they knew what they were doing. It was a great tour, not only the football facilities, but the campus was really nice.”

McBride wants to commit fairly soon and said SMU is his top school right now. He said his relationship with linebackers coach Archie McDaniel is one of the strongest relationships he has with a college coach, along with UTSA offensive coordinator Frank Scelfo.

“I want to probably be committed before the summer, probably May” McBride said.

While defensive coach McDaniel first told McBride of the SMU offer, SMU is recruiting him as a quarterback. Utah State and Bowling Green are his other offers, but he said Boise State, Louisiana-Lafayette and UTSA are showing interest and talking with him a lot.

Clear Springs does not have spring practice, but coaches will still come to see McBride throw during school.

“I’m just going to have my arm ready to impress them and hopefully pick up some more offers,” he said.

2017 Kimball athlete getting to know SMU position

By: Billy Embody

2017 Kimball (Tex.) athlete Devodrick Johnson stopped by SMU last weekend to watch practice and while he was there, he was welcomed back like family, but did find out a lot about where he might find himself playing if he ended up at SMU.

"It was pretty good. As soon as I walked in, Brooke remembered me from last time. I went down to see the head coach in the locker room. He's a very energetic coach and it's fun to be around a guy like that as he keeps the vibe going," Johnson said.

Buddy Wyatt, Van Malone, Archie McDaniel all talked with Johnson about the Star position, where SMU decided that Johnson would fit best at. 

"They were just telling me about my position and what to be watching for. They were just showing me around and making me feel like I'm at home," the 6-2, 215-pound athlete said. "Not many people can play that position. You have to have speed, size and good ball skills. They said that's what took so long to offer me. They knew I could play football, but where do they play me? They finally came to a conclusion."

Johnson enjoyed watching SMU's one-on-one tackling drills at the beginning of practice, which were filled with energy.

"It was flowing. At the beginning, it was turnt. They had the SMU drill to get everyone woke up. I got to see a little of the scrimmage, but then I had to go to workouts. I was just dropping by."

Baylor, Houston, Kansas, Mississippi State, Rice, TCU and Texas Tech have all shown interest, but as of now SMU is Johnson's only offer. He's visiting Oklahoma this weekend and Texas Tech on April 16. He doesn't have a decision timeline.

2018 DT continues to be impressed with SMU

By: Demetrio Teniente

With spring football well underway at SMU, many recruits are dropping by to check out practice, meet with coaches and tour the facilities. 

Last weekend, 2017 DeSoto defensive tackle Chris Henderson dropped by the Hilltop and he left with a very good impression. 

“I like SMU, Henderson said. “The coaches really want you to be there and they want you to be a part of something big. I feel like they have a lot coming in their future and hopefully I can be a part of that.”

What’s more, Henderson has known SMU coach Claude Mathis since he was a freshman.  

“When I was a freshman, Mathis was my head coach,” Henderson said. “So I have a close connection with him.”

Henderson says that he has been in touch with SMU for a little more than four months now, and is also receiving interest from Texas A&M, UTSA, and Colorado. 

He has yet to receive and offer yet, so he is keeping all his options open. Still, he feels that SMU has a lot to offer as a potential school. 

“I feel that football aside, SMU’s academics has a lot to offer for what I want for myself in the future,” he said. “The opportunities and resources offered to their student athletes are wonderful. I’ve been to SMU once or twice. The campus is really nice and the student body is really supportive of the team—that is just another thing that really adds to how great SMU is. “

Desoto is gearing up for its own spring football game and Henderson is itching to put the pads back on. 

“[Desoto] is the best thing in Texas right now—that’s how I feel,” he said. “I think we are going to come out with a state championship in December, but it all starts April 25. I’m just ready to get spring ball started.”

Henderson has a visit to UTSA planned for April 23, but would also like to revisit SMU soon. 

Oklahoma linebacker grabs SMU offer

By: Patrick Engel

SMU has offered a handful of Oklahoma players in a talented cycle for the state. The most recent offer went to Tulsa (Okla.) Union linebacker Kyrei Fisher, who has just started to rack up offers. He picked up the SMU offer earlier this week from linebackers coach Archie McDaniel, whom he has quickly built a relationship with.

“He was telling my how much he liked my film and how special a player I was. I gave him a call and we just chopped it up for 50 minutes,” Fisher said. 

Not even a day after getting the offer, Fisher drove to SMU to visit for a spring practice. Right after he arrived, McDaniel took him up to the football offices, where he met head coach Chad Morris, and formally extended the offer. The relationship he has with the coaches already makes SMU stand out to him.

“In the recruiting process, you definitely want to find somebody that’s a good fit for you and that you’re a good fit for them as well,” Fisher said. “I thought it was so cool I could just sit there and chop it up with somebody I knew for maybe a day.”

Fisher prides himself on being a versatile player, and the SMU staff told him he could play any of the linebacker spots. But he primarily watched SMU’s mike and will linebackers in practice. While watching practice, Fisher liked the vibe, from the music to McDaniel’s coaching style. 

“His teaching way is that he asked the players how something is supposed to be executed instead of him telling,” Fisher. “You can tell somebody something all day but that doesn’t mean that they get it. He asked them to break down what they’re supposed to be doing on a play. That caught my eye.”

Some recruiters say the same speil over and over again, which Fisher said he is careful to watch. But he could tell the McDaniel and the SMU staff are genuine.

“He showed me that he would make a big impact in my life,” Fisher said. “I could see him as a father figure already.” 

Fisher has FBS offers from SMU, Kansas, Navy and UTSA, while Tulsa and Iowa State are showing a lot of recent interest. Prior to SMU, he visited Kansas on Saturday and Tulsa in early March. He is planning trips to TCU and Iowa State. He plans on committing in the summer and has not named a leader yet.

“It’s too early to say, but we just have to see how the next couple weeks go,” Fisher said.

JUCO guard grabs SMU offer

By: Billy Embody

Ranger College guard Kris Clyburn picked up an offer from SMU last week and is hearing from head coach Larry Brown, who likes the length Clyburn could bring to SMU.

"He's been telling me we need guys like you in our program. They like my ability to be versatile and be a versatile wing," the 6-6 guard said. "I think my strengths are my ability to shoot the ball, put the ball on the floor and dribble, and to pass to get things moving."

Brown's reputation has Clyburn liking what SMU's coach has to offer him so far even if he doesn't know much about SMU.

"I've heard a lot about him. I've heard he's a great coach. I know he's coached the Pistons. I just know he's got a history as a great coach," Clyburn said.

Clyburn just wants to find a program where he can win at when he arrives.

"I'm looking for a winning program to make it to the tournament. I'm trying to win a championship for my next few years.

Texas Tech, UTEP, Houston, Southern Illinois are all showing interest and have offered, but Texas Tech hasn't offered just yet. Clyburn plans to decide on a school by end of April.

Clyburn, who averaged 14 points and five rebounds this season, begins visits this next week and SMU is on the list to get one from Clyburn.

"I'm looking to find out about the program, if there are nice facilities and nice people. Just seeing if it's a nice school."

2017 athlete takes in SMU visit

By: Andrew Hattersley

SMU continued their round of hosting more 2017 players last weekend and one of those in attendance was McAlester HS (Ok) running back and linebacker Michael Redway. 

“I liked it, it was a lot like what I had at McAlester, it felt like home over there,” Redway said. 

The energy at practice was evident to Redway immediately and reminded him of the physicality they conduct their own practices. 

“It felt violent everyone was bouncing around there wasn’t a lot of people walking around, there wasn’t a lot of people quiet, everybody was cheering the team on and it was really good,” Redway said, “It was a lot like what we have here at McAlester.”

Redway has also developed a good relationship with linebackers coach Archie McDaniel, as well as, got the opportunity to talk a couple times with head coach Chad Morris. 

“It was surprising, they are really passionate about what they are doing, a lot of family orientated things and a lot doing the right stuff and getting the job done no matter what the outcome is and it was great,” Redway said. 

The 5-9, 186-pound linebacker was also impressed with the facilities, especially the weight room. 

“It was crazy, the weight room was huge, the stadium was nice, from what I heard they are getting a new indoor facility it was just unbelievable I loved it,” Redway said. 

The offers have not come in yet for the Oklahoma product as he waits to be cleared by the NCAA, something he hopes to be soon. 

“I am currently waiting, I’m not NCAA eligible yet but I will be soon, then I think they will start coming in,” Redway said, “I’ve already taken the ACT and I’m waiting on the results from that and I’m taking another one this Saturday and I will hopefully be getting my eligibility ready for the NCAA and I’ll be all set.” 

Redway says he hopes to hear on his status in the coming weeks but will for sure know in the coming months. 

The McAlester product is excited to be heading back to SMU’s spring game next week and hopes to get a good feel of the atmosphere. 

“I know that it’s going to be crazy, I know that it’s going to be energetic, everybody screaming and bouncing around,” Redway said, “You get fired up.”

Oklahoma City lineman headed to SMU visit

By: Billy Embody

2018 OKC Bishop McGuinness offensive lineman Owen Condon is headed down to SMU this weekend to visit for a prospect day and is looking forward to finding out more about SMU.

SMU defensive backs coach Jess Loepp is checking in with his coach about Condon, who already has an offer from Ohio, and invited him to visit.

"My coach knows him really well so they've been talking a lot. I've heard great things about it, it's a great school and in a nice part of Dallas. I'm ready to see it."

An offer could be in the works for Condon, whose coach says SMU is very interested.

"From what he's told me, the coaches are really interested in me. I'm hoping all goes well down there."

The 6-7, 300-pound lineman is certainly going to get some major attention for his size, but his footwork that allows him to move so well.

"They really like my size, how I play basketball as well. So I have good feet. They said I need to work on strength, but that will come with time," Condon said. "I think I'm a smart player and can use that to my advantage. I move well for my size. I think lifting this summer will help me too."

LSU, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma will get visits for camps this summer while Tulsa has also been showing interest in Condon too. 

North Crowley WR checks out SMU spring practice

By: Demetrio Teniente

High schools are getting closer and closer to beginning spring football, which means recruits’ free time will start taking a hit and they’ll have fewer opportunities to make visits. 

That’s why 2017 North Crowley wide out Moses Davis dropped by SMU’s spring practice last weekend.

 “[The visit]was good,” Davis said. “The campus is beautiful. One of the coolest parts was the new indoor facility. I feel really comfortable around the SMU coaches—they make you feel like you are family. Everyone in their family is involved with the program so they make you feel a part of that and like you’ve known them for a long time. “

Davis has been talking to SMU for a while now, mostly with assistant coach Claude Mathis. 

“I talk to Mathis a lot and he’s just telling me to wait as they look at my film and everything else,” Davis said. “So that’s what I’m doing. I’ve been working really hard. I feel like it is coming really soon. I’m just being patient and praying about it. I feel that it will happen soon.”

Davis knows that SMU is a team still in transition, heading into just the second season with a new coaching staff, but feels good things are coming the Mustangs’ way.  

“I think SMU is going to be great next year,” he said. “They’ve been going through a rough transition, but I think they are going to be good next year and will continue to be good for a while.  Everyone has just bought in to the program.”

Davis doesn’t have any offers yet but is starting to pick up a lot of interest from other schools. At the moment he plans on visiting Tulane and is open to visiting any other schools that invite him.  

Boyd makes short trip for spring practice

By: Andrew Hattersley

As SMU’s spring winds down, they welcomed one of their last groups of junior day groups to the Hilltop, and among those making the trip was 2017 Frisco HS (Tex.) defensive back Elijah Boyd.

“Visiting SMU was really good, they took us on a campus tour and let us try on the jerseys and everything,” Boyd said, “Coach was really good he was real straight forward with the recruiting process how they’re looking for me and it was just really good I fell in love with the environment it was just really up tempo and the scrimmages and just the competitiveness between players made it look like a good site to see call it home and a place I could see myself at.” 

The intensity the coaches had during practice was also a welcome site for Boyd who loved to see the passion from their conversations filter onto the field. 

“Being on the sideline and seeing it first hand just showed me how great the coaches are and like how they get on their players but they will also build them up and get hyped with the player whenever they make a big play or a turnover,” Boyd said, “It is a just a good environment and the relationship they have with the players and how they talk to them it’s like one of their kids or one of their brothers and it just made you feel like a family that I could see myself at.” 

Boyd has got to talk to the most to coach Loepp who is the recruiting coach for his area and also is his position coach. Coach Loepp has stressed patience to Boyd and that the program is heading in a very positive direction.  

“He said they are going nowhere but up and I honestly totally agree with that statement because coach Morris is doing a great job with the program turning it around and he’s just a great coach the way he is and a great coach overall,” Boyd said, “He said the way they are looking at me is they are looking to bring me in but they are seeing what their other safety recruits do first.” 

Boyd currently does not have any offers but has received a lot of interest from Holy Cross, Navy, as well as, SMU. Boyd however is content to wait given the rebuilding process SMU is currently undergoing and that he sees where the coaches are coming from. 

“It definitely leaves me in a waiting game but I’m fine with it, they’re a good school so I understand it,” Boyd said, “And they’re trying to turn the program around so I can see where they’re trying to get the Power 5 recruits first and then go back to the lower stars.” 

Boyd will try to make it back for the SMU spring game but does have a baseball game that could prevent him from making it to the game.  

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