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2017 running back Kayce Medlock commits to SMU!

2017 Arp running back Kayce Medlock committed to SMU tonight and talked with Pony Stampede about why.

For the second straight year, SMU has landed a running back out of east Texas. 2017 Arp running back Kayce Medlock committed to SMU and Chad Morris tonight and it was all about the family vibe he got when he visited.

"I just wanted to wait and see if other offers come. I talked with my family and there was nothing like the Hilltop," the 5-9, 185-pound running back said. "I love the Hilltop and I love the coaching staff. They treated me like I was family and I was already family."

At the SMU barbecue this past weekend, the SMU staff made it known how badly they wanted Medlock apart of their backfield. 

"They just kept coming up to me and telling me how bad they wanted me on the campus and stuff like that. They talked about what I would do and make a difference. They told me how much they cared about me and how much they wanted me to succeed." 

SMU sees Medlock at running back and running backs coach Claude Mathis got the call and was excited to have Medlock, while Morris echoed Mathis' thoughts about landing another #bEASTtexas running back.

"He was green. He said, 'no way!' He was so excited to have an east Texas backfield," Medlock said. "He (Morris) told me he was very proud to have another east Texas running back and to have me there and for me to come to SMU."

Medlock is mainly excited to follow 2016 running back signee Aphonso Thomas plus Chandrin Amie and Ke'Mon Freeman and bring more east Texas players to SMU.

"I think it's a big thing. It's just another big east Texas athlete to run the field and put on for the Hilltop."

Morris' up-tempo offense is a perfect fit for what Medlock likes to do on the field.

"I think it's a great offense. They run the ball a lot so I'm just going to come in and do what I'm supposed to do and that's run the ball and make plays to win ball games," Medlock said. 

Medlock has just one thing to say to SMU fans.

"Come out to every football game and support so we can get the dubs."

Medlock committed to SMU over Navy, Louisiana-Lafayette, UTSA, Army and others. Houston and TCU were expressing interest in Medlock before he committed.

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