Over 200 campers were on the Hilltop earlier this month for one of SMU’s many football camps, one of those in attendance to check out the camp was 2017 Timber Creek (Tex.) offensive lineman Alan Ali.
“I liked it, I didn’t actually get to compete in the camp but I watched it and saw the coaches do their thing and also saw some of the top recruits there,” Ali said, “It’s always a great experience, they are basically like my family now so I always enjoy going up there and seeing them.”
The coaches continue to reiterate to Ali the strides they made this spring and the tremendous optimism they have for the upcoming season on both sides of the ball.
“They talked about how the SMU offense is really coming along, the kid from LSU just transferred there so the offense is going to be really explosive this year,” Ali said, “And the defense is actually looking pretty good I heard.”
For the 6-5, 270-pound tackle, it was exciting to see the talent SMU was able to attract on campus including Scout five-star linebacker Anthony Hines.
“I saw him and Charleston Rambo and the other Cedar Hill wide receiver,” Ali said, “But seeing players like that there just shows how SMU is really on the come up and they’re bringing in bigger talent.”
Since committing to SMU, Ali has continued to hear from a number of schools but for now is still solidly committed to SMU.
“I’m solid to SMU but I’m still hearing from Colorado, Texas, Missouri, and Oklahoma,” Ali said, “I’m committed to SMU, I don’t think I’m going to be visiting anywhere else.”
Ali has enjoyed getting the opportunity to grow even closer with this coaching staff and become a part of the family.
“It’s been great they really do make you feel like a part of the family right away and it’s grown stronger since I committed and I just really enjoy being a part of this family,” Ali said.
Ali has continued to work on his own game this summer as well including taking some snaps at center to stay ready for anything.
“Right now I’m working on my explosiveness right off the line and my first step off the ball that’s what I really try to work on,” Ali said, “And also trying to get some center reps in here and there during our practices.”
While the coaches have told Ali he will probably play tackle for them, this is just a step in making himself more versatile down the road.
“They said they’re going to keep me at tackle but I do it on my own just because you never know what could happen,” Ali said.
Ali has kept in touch with some of the SMU signees from last season after competing against them in high school and has heard nothing but good things so far.
“They love it so far, I think they’re having a great experience, I think it’s a bit of shock with those workouts, they’re quite different from high school but overall they’re loving it,” Ali said.
As for Ali and his big focus right now, it’s on finishing his high school career off in style and then getting ready for the next level.
“Next year, I’m just excited to try and win a district title championship for my high school that’s what I’m mainly focused on and then after that my focus will be on SMU and trying to earn a starting role freshman year.”