Commitment breakdown: Elijah Landrum

SMU is on the board for 2017 with the commitment of point guard Elijah Landrum. PonyStampede breaks down his decision.

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Background

Elijah Landrum is a three-star point guard from Tulsa (Okla.) Central High School. He picked SMU while on an official visit, the only one he took. He had a final five of FIU, Stephen F. Austin, SMU, Tulsa and VCU, but this was an SMU and Tulsa battle. Landrum had officials set up to SFA and VCU for this week, but will not take them. SMU offered Landrum after the 2015 July evaluation periods and he visited unofficially last fall, but SMU really increased its pursuit of him in the last couple months.

What SMU is getting

Landrum is a smaller (6-0, 170 lbs.) point guard who’s likely to only play that position in college. He’s a tough on-ball defender who can press and is strong for his size. He possesses good athleticism and has grittiness to him. Offensively, he’s not completely polished yet, but he has a ceiling he has yet to reach. In July, he helped MoKan Elite team win the Nike Peach Jam with five-star guard Trae Young away with Team USA. He showed he could knock down jump shots off the dribble and score with a floater. 

Landrum will join a crop of versatile SMU guards as the only true lead guard of the bunch. While Shake Milton is capable of playing the position at a high level, he can move off the ball if needed. Dashawn McDowell, Jimmy Whitt and Tom Wilson are versatile types who can play anywhere in the backcourt. Ben Emelogu and Jarrey Foster are mainly off the ball guys who can play on the wing.

What’s next for 2017

Landrum fills up SMU’s guard spot for 2017, though SMU may keep tabs on an off-guard/wing like William Douglas or Nana Akenten. SMU will move on to its bigger need: big men. SMU has two spots for forwards and will have some visitors in the next couple weeks. Tulsa (Okla.) Union forward Ethan Chargois and Trinity Christian (Texas) forward Everett Ray will both visit Sept. 22. Chargois and Landrum are good friends. Four-star Memphis (Tenn.) Christian Brothers combo guard William Douglas is planning a late September visit, a source told PonyStampede.

SMU did take a hit with two other big men targets: Four-star Auburn (Ala.) center Garrison Brooks was set to visit on Sept. 8, but instead did an in-home with North Carolina and received an offer. will visit next weekend. Humble (Texas) Atascocita forward Fabian White was going to trip to Dallas on Sept. 16, but committed to Houston Sunday night. 

Overall

Landrum’s commitment is a good start in the 2017 class and gives SMU a recruiting win over conference foe Tulsa. The Mustangs now have a player from Oklahoma in three straight classes (Shake Milton 2015, Dashawn McDowell 2016). SMU assistant K.T. Turner did a great job recruiting Landrum and building the relationship. He’s been responsible for most of the team’s recruiting efforts in Oklahoma. Landrum projects to be a four-year player who can help on defense right away as he continues to grow as an offensive player.


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