2017 defensive end Toby Ndukwe commits to SMU!

Billy talked with SMU's newest commit, 2017 George Ranch defensive end Toby Ndukwe about committing to SMU.

2017 George Ranch (Tex.) defensive end Toby Ndukwe committed to SMU yesterday after talking with the coaching staff, who have big plans for the Scout three-star defensive end.

Ndukwe said SMU checked all of the boxes for him and after he named SMU his top school earlier this spring, he decided to go ahead and make it official.

"I know it's a great school and it's close to home. It's one of my top schools ever since my last visit there, I was really impressed. I just wanted to stay close to home, Ndukwe said.


Ndukwe had SAT prep class yesterday, but did talk with defensive coordinator Van Malone last night, who led Ndukwe's recruitment and he was excited.

"I called coach Malone and he was really excited about me. He was just telling me how he appreciated it and how much he's willing to coach me and he wanted to get me on the phone with coach Morris and coach Wyatt. He was just real excited and really happy," Ndukwe said. "We have a really good relationship. I talk with him almost everyday. When I went up there, it was great to see him and he explained everything to me and the plan they have for me. That impressed me. He's the type of coach that I'm willing to be coached by for three and a half or four years."

Ndukwe is jumping on board with the turnaround that Chad Morris is leading at SMU and is excited to be building something.

"Just the turnaround that they have going on at SMU to bring it back to how they were. I want to be a part of that turnaround that they have planned and I want to be one of the players to help the coaches, who are really good coaches."

A huge part of Ndukwe picking SMU was the academic plan for him, which includes graduating in three and a half years.

"Just the most important thing was the academics that they had and they had a really good plan for me with graduation in three and a half years. They have my major and I know that's a school where if I attend, I'll be successful in any way. That's why I wanted to pick SMU."

For now, Ndukwe will be a weakside defensive end before possibly transitioning to the strongside. Scout's No. 10 defensive end in Texas says SMU fans are going to be watching someone that loves to get after the quarterback.

"I'm really honored to be a part of SMU and really grateful. They're really lucky because they have a really good defensive end coming their way. They have a guy coming that loves to get the quarterback and I'm sure that's what the fans like and that's what I like too."

Ndukwe says he won't be visiting any more visits and will be shutting down his recruitment to focus on his senior year.

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