SMU keeps rolling on the recruiting trail. The Mustangs picked up their fourth commitment in six days on Friday afternoon, when Pearland cornerback Justin Guy-Robinson gave his verbal commitment after a visit to campus. Guy-Robinson said he had been thinking of committing for a while, but the visit finally pushed him to do it. While visiting and while talking to the coaches, he experienced the family atmosphere that SMU emphasizes.
“They saw me as a person before just as an athlete,” Guy-Robinson said. “They looked out for my well-being as a student before athlete. That’s what kicked it off. And the fact that coach (Chad) Morris is so great with parents. Everything he was saying was something my mom wanted to hear. And all the coaches, they explained that they’ve known each other for a long time and that coach Morris coached coach (Archie) McDaniel in high school.”
While on the visit with his mom and sister, Guy-Robinson and his family got the academic pitch from the coaching staff too.
“My mom asked a lot of questions about the educational aspect of the school and what I would be doing,” Guy-Robinson said. “She loved the way the classes were: it’s like high school because there aren’t that many kids, so I have an opportunity to be close with my professor.”
Guy-Robinson said he wants to study kinesiology and eventually become a physical therapist after he is done playing football.
SMU was the first school to offer Guy-Robinson, on April 28. It quickly became his top school as he built relationships with the coaches. McDaniel was his primary recruiter.
“A week after getting the offer and talking to (the coaches) day in and day out, they really intrigued me and immediately I wanted to be a part of the family,” Guy-Robinson said. “They looked at me and saw something other people didn’t at first.”
The 5-foot-10, 160-pound Guy-Robinson chose SMU over offers from East Carolina and Army. Both those offers came on the day before he committed to SMU. Many players would decide to hold off on committing to see if more offers will follow. But Guy-Robinson was focused on SMU.
“The opportunity that they explained to me with the education first and how it’s great since it’s a private school,” Guy-Robinson. “And also the playing time. I want to be able to make an impact. I don’t want to wait for someone to shine and wait until my junior year to play. I want to work my way up and play immediately.”
Guy-Robinson’s pledge comes after SMU had a two-commit day on Wednesday, snagging Cypress Ranch (Texas) defensive tackle Harrison Loveless and Missouri City (Texas) Ridge Point cornerback Ar'mani Johnson. The commitment run started Sunday night with Richmond (Texas) George Ranch defensive end Toby Ndukwe. Guy-Robinson was the eighth player to join SMU’s 2017 class, and fourth on defense. He’s also the fifth SMU commitment from the greater Houston area.
At the Nike Opening Houston regional on April 3, Guy-Robinson ran a 4.45 40-yard dash, the sixth-fastest time at the event.