Matt Visinsky

SMU Holds Early Lead for Elijah McQueen

After a spring unofficial visit, Terrell (Texas) LB Elijah McQueen says SMU is his early leader.

SMU is still seeking its first defensive commitment in the 2017 class after picking up three spring offensive commitments. But after a visit for an SMU spring scrimmage, 2017 Terrell (Texas) linebacker/safety Elijah McQueen told PonyStampede that SMU sits atop his list.

“SMU is the only school that’s out there that I’m loving right now,” McQueen said 

McQueen visited for the April 9 scrimmage, where he saw some similarities between SMU’s defense and his team’s defense. He also hung out in the team meeting rooms and experienced how the coaches interact with and teach the players.

“I like their defense, especially the way they have that safety (star linebacker) roam around,” McQueen said. “The coaches are straightforward about every situation and aren’t holding back, just being honest about everything they need to work on.”

Before watching the scrimmage, McQueen sat in on the team meetings, and then talked with head coach Chad Morris and the defensive coaching staff. The coaches told him where they think he would fit in the defense, which McQueen said was at the star linebacker spot.

“I really enjoyed the way the coaches were straightforward and how they felt about me,” McQueen said.

As has become custom for recruiting visitors, the coaches showed McQueen and others the plans for the facility upgrades that include an indoor practice facility. The possibility of having an indoor facility that’s open all the time excited McQueen.

“You have more opportunities to actually go in,” McQueen said. “I might wake up in the middle of the night and want to work out, just go in there and put in a little work.”

SMU was the first team to offer McQueen back in February, but he has since added offers from Tulane, Nevada and UTSA. Texas Tech came to his school last week to visit, and McQueen said he’s hearing from them consistently. He said he doesn’t plan on making a decision until at least the start of his senior season, but isn’t completely set on that.

Terrell doesn’t have spring football, but the 5-foot-11, 180-pound McQueen is still planning on going to a lot of camps, where he wants to show off improved coverage skills. He’s being recruited on defense, although he plays safety/linebacker and running back for his school.

“I want to work on my backpedaling and playing my off coverage,” McQueen said. “I’m pretty good in man, so I want to work on my zone coverage.”

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