Even though SMU hasn’t landed a four-star recruit under Chad Morris, it has put itself in the top group for some of DFW’s higher-regarded talent by offering early and building close relationships with them. SMU was the first to offer 2018 Sachse (Texas) safety Isaiah Humphries, who has picked up a handful of Power Five offers since getting the SMU offer in January. He visited SMU in January for a junior day, where he met the coaches.
“Coach (Van) Malone, I like that dude a lot. Coach Fry, he’s the area recruiter, so I’ve gotten to know him as well. Pretty much the whole staff is very open, very family-like and a like that,” Humphries. “We pretty much saw everything, and they’re saying a lot of new things are coming, so I can’t wait until that happens and see how it goes from there.”
The family feeling Humphries described resonates with a lot of players that visit SMU. Humphries came with his parents and younger brother, giving his entire family a chance to experience it.
“My little brother was there and they were all playing with him. Everybody just felt like they were welcome,” Humphries said. “It didn’t feel like we were just in offices. We had a good time. There were no worries and we felt really comfortable. I really felt that with the staff and everybody, it just felt like another family.”
Humphries has FBS offers from Duke, Houston, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Penn State, SMU and UTSA. He took spring trips to USC, UCLA, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Northwestern and Texas. Arkansas, Florida State and Oklahoma State have expressed interest.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Humphries primarily plays safety for Sachse, but he is getting some looks from colleges as a cornerback.
“I try to work some corner in. It’s always good to be able to play both,” Humphries said. “A lot of teams want 6-2 safeties instead of the smaller type of safeties. So some want me at corner, some want me at safety, some want me as kind of a hybrid type, like a Jalen Ramsey.”
Humphries said SMU hasn’t told him which position they view him as. SMU is waiting to see how he grows into his frame and seeing him play more games before deciding.
Like Sachse’s blitz-heavy defensive scheme, Humphries said aggressiveness is an important part of his game.
“I’m always aggressive, hard-hitting, not afraid to go down and hit the back,” he said.