With the decommitment of Tyquez Hampton, SMU's staff was dealt a tough blow, but lucky for them, the wide receiver pool is deep and SMU's offense is an attractive destination for many wide receivers. As SMU finished up spring evaluations and now enters camp time, there will surely be 2017 wide receivers that surprise the staff between now and the beginning of the season. That could lead to additional offers going out as SMU continues to evaluate where to best use their wide receiver spot in 2017.
There's also the chance SMU doesn't take a wide receiver in the class. The depth at receiver has been built in recent classes and even though Courtland Sutton and Alex Honey are the only true 9-men on the roster, the staff is content with them being young and contributing at that spot with the potential of Kevin Thomas, Brandon Benson or Joshua Shelmire potentially spelling them in the event both need a breather or injury. At the 2 and 5 man positions, SMU has true depth, even if it's young depth. The team certainly doesn't need to reach there.
Without further ado, here are my targets for SMU in 2017.
Realistic WR targets
1. Bishop Gorman WR Judah Bell
If there's a clear cut No. 1 priority for the staff, it's Bell. He's visited plenty of times and although the staff will be patient and not push for a commitment, he'd be a solid land. At 6-3, he's got that size the staff likes at the 9-man and the ability to the 5-man in the slot too. The staff will continue to evaluate him and could push for a commitment after they see more, but for now, they're in a good spot and can be patient waiting for him to decide.
2. Lincoln WR Devodric Bynum
A smaller, quicker receiver, Bynum recently clocked a 4.4 at TCU's camp (hand-timed). SMU was the first to offer and still remains his only offer. This is a kid that the staff will be really patient with. They don't need to sign a player at the 2-man (outside receiver opposite the 9-man) who is used on a lot of sweep and screens, but Bynum would be an option if he shows even more improvement this fall.
3. Lakeview Centennial WR Shamond Greenwood
Greenwood has blown up as of late and holds offers from plenty of Power Five schools. He'd be another great fit at the 9-man spot and a player that SMU can build around as older receivers move on. The local target has visited, but again, SMU is staying patient even though the No. 50 receiver in the country would be a huge land. SMU is more on the outside here, but as spots fill up, the staff could have a chance to land Greenwood.
Longshot WR targets
1. El Dorado WR Tyquez Hampton
Hampton was one that was going to be tough for SMU to hang on to without a doubt and with his decommitment, the staff is now looking for a wide receiver. That being said, you never know if Hampton doesn't like the greener pastures. The door is still open for him to return. Are the chances slim? Yes, but if there's a longshot receiver you have to like SMU's chances with, it's Hampton, who said nothing has come close to SMU even if he opened his commitment up, expecting more offers to come in.
2. FW South Hills WR Tylan Wallace
The No. 4 wide receiver in Texas is an absolute stud. SMU has been on him early and he's visited with his twin brother plenty of times. If things chance at Oklahoma State, Wallace could decommit. He's incredibly talented and a big time playmaker. SMU doesn't want to really take a 5-man in this class, but if Wallace were to land in their lap, they'd almost have to take him.
3. FW South Hills WR Tracin Wallace
Same story as his brother here. Wallace has been a priority from day one for the staff. They have built great relationships. If things were to change at Oklahoma State, could Wallace change his mind? SMU would love to take one of the twins I'd imagine, but Tracin would likely be right behind his brother on the board. The thing holding this back if SMU had a chance — do you take both players in this smaller class?
4. Waxahachie WR Kenedy Snell
The teammate of Jalen Reagor has blown up with Power Five offers as of late and SMU was one of the early ones to get in there. Snell is a longshot at this point and he's more of a 5-man for SMU as he's smaller, but he's a gamebreaker. If SMU had the chance to take him, I'd imagine they'd take him.
Potential WR offers
1. Lancaster WR Cartrell Thomas
I don't understand why an offer hasn't been out here outside of him being a 5-man for SMU's purposes. Thought this would have been an early offer kid at the very least based on evaluation. With another impressive year, Thomas could add even more offers, especially with the attention Omar Manning will get on the other side.
2. Centennial WR Kenny Nelson
Nelson has yet to pick up an FBS offer, but at 6-2, 215, he's got the size SMU likes in a receiver at the 9-man. With a productive year and good film, SMU could find a diamond in the rough with Nelson. He's visited plenty of times so the interest is certainly there.
3. North Mesquite WR Donte Howell
Another player that has visited plenty of times, Howell has picked up offers from Army and Air Force, but hasn't picked up major ones at this point. He's got solid size and is impressive, but just needs to develop more for SMU to like him enough. The staff has their eye on him and with Howell on a team that SMU keeps an eye on pretty regularly, he'll have plenty of chances to impress.
4. Sachse WR Nate Shelton
Shelton is the longest shot I'd say to pick up an offer. He doesn't have the elite size, but if SMU doesn't like what they see in Alex Honey all of the sudden, they might have to find an option to add to the WR corps. Shelton would be a reach at this point, but someone to watch.