2018 Highland Park (Tex.) offensive lineman Thomas Shelmire picked up his first offer from SMU a few weeks back and it all happened so quickly for Shelmire, whose dad holds a masters degree from SMU.
“All of the sudden, I got a message telling me to come to our football locker room and my coach told me coach Fry had been there and to give him a call at 6 that night,” Shelmire said. “I called him later and he offered me. It was unbelievable. The main thing that they said was that I was going to get a lot more offers now that I have one. I was nervous because I didn’t know what to expect.”
After talking with Fry, Shelmire was impressed him as a coach and connected with him right away.
“Coach Fry seems like a great guy and I really like him. He made it seem like it wasn’t a big deal or celebration. I thought it was going to be a serious phone call, but it was more light hearted. We got along immediately and clicked. He’s my type of coach.”
While Shelmire hasn’t talked with Chad Morris yet, he’s lived next to SMU for a few years now and after moving from Tyler, has loved what he’s seen from the campus so far.
“The campus is beautiful. I remember driving by and through the SMU campus for the first time and I was wowed. There’s not many colleges in Tyler like that and nothing like SMU. Driving through it was unbelievable. It’s beautiful.”
SMU sees Shelmire playing at the guard or center spot and that’s a spot for the athletic lineman that based on his physical play, would be a great fit.
“One thing I’ve noticed about myself is that I love the sound of two helmets colliding. I’ve always loved that sound. It’s like a basketball hitting nothing but net. I just love hitting people and finishing blocks and plays. I love helping out my teammates. I care a lot about my teammates and my goal is I can make the people around me even better players.”
The 6-3, 290-pound lineman says he doesn’t have any visit plans yet, but Purdue and LSU has shown a little bit of interest early.
Shelmire is looking for a good combination of school and team, but a family atmosphere is important to him.
“Good academics, pretty campus, good food and I guess really the main thing is the coaching staff where you can go to work with each and everyday to work on one specific goal and of course, great teammates. You want to surround yourself with great people so you can be great.”