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Brewer updates commitment status

By: Andrew Hattersley

After a hectic couple of months following his commitment to SMU, 2017 Lake Travis HS (Tex.) tight end Cade Brewer is glad to be back on the practice field with fellow SMU commit Charlie Brewer. 

“It’s good getting back into football, excited that it’s back but summer went good tried to get bigger, I got bigger a little bit I was just trying to keep maintaining weight and keeping my weight going and my speed and let my play talk,” Brewer said, “It’s amazing, he’s one of my good friends it’s going to be fun going up there another four years with him, it’s going to be really fun he’s been my quarterback for a while now.” 

The 6-3, 215-pound pass catcher continues to hear from coach Morris and Loepp every now and then just to check in on how he’s doing. 

“It’s going good coach Morris and coach Loepp hit me up every once in a while just to see how I’m going, just how I’m doing and stuff and we’re building that relationship I think and it’s going really good,” Brewer said. 

Brewer is still firmly committed to SMU, as evidenced by no schools being in touch with him, but is keeping his options open for now down the road. 

“I wouldn’t say I’m fully committed, but I would say I’m pretty sure - I would say, I mean - I’m not going to say I fully am,” Brewer said, “It’s been kind of quiet lately I haven’t from any other schools other than SMU since May.” 

That includes Oklahoma who Brewer says hasn’t spoken to him other than when they called him to give him the offer. 

“They really haven’t, the last time I spoke to them was when they offered me but I don’t remember them texting me or anything but yeah that was the last time I remember talking to OU was when they called me and offered me,” Brewer said. 

While he’s been getting going with his own two-a-day workouts, Brewer has also kept up with the SMU team and hopes to take an official visit for one of their games later this year. 

“Coach Morris has been telling after two practices they are already looking better than last season which is a very good sign and I think SMU over the next couple of years is going to come up and be elite and the attitude is going to carry this program a long way,” Brewer said. 

He’s also heard the rumblings about the Big 12 expansion, and while he admitted it would be exciting, it’s not something that is top of mind for him right now. 

“I don’t really get caught up in SMU and the Big 12, I don’t really pay attention to that stuff but if it did happen that would be pretty cool I think, you know SMU and Big 12, Power 5 conference that would be pretty cool,” Brewer said. 

One that thing that does have the Lake Travis receiver excited however is the announcement of SMU’s new facilities, something he’s hoping will be in place by the time he gets there. 

“The practice facility will be in by the time I get there so that will be pretty cool and I think locker rooms and stuff will be new when I get there so right when we get there it’s going to be ready.” 

2017 guard trying to make SMU visit

By: Patrick Engel

An largely unknown prospect off the major AAU circuits until this year, 2017 Houston Westfield guard Darius McNeill had an impressive summer with Texas Boys Athletic Club that led to a handful of high-major offers.

SMU joined LSU, Iowa State, Cincinnati offered the 6-foot-2 combo guard this summer. He also has offers from Rhode Island, Tulsa and Wyoming. Since SMU is among his newer offers, he’s still learning about the program.

“I don’t know too much about it, but I know they use their guards very well and let their guards play,” McNeill said. “You don’t have look over your shoulder when you make mistakes.”

SMU been in consistent contact with McNeill and has told him he’s good enough to have an important role as a freshman.

“I’ve been talking to (assistant) Jay Duncan,” McNeill said. “He’s been saying that I can be special in their program. We’re trying to get a visit figured out. I can see myself going there for a visit.”

McNeill has one visit set up so far, an official to Iowa State on Sept. 3.

“What I’ll look for when I first get up there is if I’ll fit in, because it’s so far,” McNeill said. “I’ll be looking to see if it feels like home. They told me I can do a lot of things in their offense.”

McNeill has not released a final list of schools on Twitter and said he isn’t planning on doing it. But he said he’s mainly looking at Cincinnati, Iowa State, SMU, Tulsa and Wyoming, with a plan to take official visits to all. He said Iowa State is standing out among the bunch. 

He recently took an unofficial to Texas, but the Longhorns have not offered. Head coach Shaka Smart told McNeill he plans come to Westfield in September to watch him.

McNeill said coaches have told him they like his ability to play multiple guard spots and his early impact potential as a “3-and-D” player.

“They liked the way I guard the ball, how I get up the floor quickly,” McNeill said. “I can shoot and I can dominate both ends of the floor.”

Three-star forward recaps Top Four

By: Patrick Engel

A month after receiving an offer from SMU, 2017 Tulsa (Okla.) Union three-star power forward Ethan Chargois kept the Mustangs in his final four, along with Colorado, Houston and Kansas State.

“With all four schools, I felt like I fit in with each school in a different way, but in a way that would help the team and in a way that I would better myself in college,” Chargois said.

A factor in SMU’s inclusion is its roster construction, specifically the chance to play a lot of minutes right away.

“With SMU, it’s that I’d have to come in and play,” Chargois said. “Not that I wouldn’t have to work for my spot, but how their roster I set up, I’d be thrown into the fire.”

The 6-foot-8, 235-pound Chargois said Houston has been recruiting him the hardest of the four schools. The Cougars see him as a stretch four-man in their four-out, one-in offense.

“They’re telling me that I can get on the floor really early because of my versatility as a forward,” Chargois said. “Some coaches see me as more of a four going to a five, and some see me as a four going to a three. I don’t really have a preference. I’m just a basketball player. But the versatility to play hopefully all three of those positions is what I try to put my hat on.”

SMU sees Chargois primarily as a stretch four, but he said SMU would give him minutes in other spots too in certain looks.

“If I committed, I’d be thrown into the fire as the four, maybe the three, maybe the five, anything coach needs me to do,” Chargois said. “Playing early, that’s one big thing on my checklist of how I’ll make my decision.”

With SMU, Chargois has the best relationship with head coach Tim Jankovich and assistant K.T. Turner. Turner is an Oklahoma native, as are current SMU guards Shake Milton and Dashawn McDowell. Chargois has noticed SMU’s strong presence in his home state.

“It’d be cool playing with those guys,” he said. “I don’t know Dashawn that well, but I know Shake pretty well from playing him.”

The closest SMU and Oklahoma connection for Chargois is his friend, 2017 Tulsa Central point guard Elijah Landrum. Landrum kept SMU in his top 5, and it is the only common school in each of their lists.

“Elijah’s my guy. We’ve been talking and stuff,” Chargois said. “It will probably have an effect on my decision, just because those (Milton, McDowell and Turner) are guys who can help me out when I get there.” 

Chargois will take officials to his four finalists. He has already set up officials to Houston for Sept. 3 and Kansas State for Oct. 7. He is working on scheduling ones to SMU and Colorado. He said the SMU one will likely come “sometime in September.”

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