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Pony Stampede Hilltop Review: Sept. 16

Come inside another Pony Stampede Hilltop Review with the latest updates on football commits and hoops targets.

2018 point guard hearing from SMU, has a leader

By: Billy Embody

2018 Memphis (Tenn.) East point guard T.J. Moss had a big summer as he changed from playing out on the wing to more of a point guard for the Memphis Magic and that helped him and his team get better.

"I had a really good summer on the court and recruiting wise. I played with the Memphis Magic with one of my close friends Jaylon Crutcher," Moss said. "We challenged each other and fed off each other a lot. Everybody on the team got good looks from schools."

Kansas and LSU have been sending the most mail and Terrance Moss, Sr. says that his son, T.J. is getting the most love from schools like Iowa State, who is standing out the most right now along with a few others.

"The coaches always call and be at a lot of games. Iowa State is definitely on him. Marquette is on him. Alabama is on him. Tulsa, as of recently, and there's still a lot of interest from UConn," Moss, Sr. said.

Memphis, Ole Miss, Florida, Alabama, Arkansas, TCU, SMU, UMass, LSU, Tulsa, UT-Martin, LSU have offered.

Jerry Hobbie had been talking with Moss, Sr. about T.J. and SMU likes his versatility and Moss, Sr. says SMU has caught their eye early on.

"They like that he can play multiple positions, his athleticism and his size. Everybody is looking for shooters. We're getting quite a bit of that," Moss, Sr. said. "I've seen the program come along over the last two or three years. I started paying attention when they got into the same conference as Memphis. It seems like a program dedicated to winning. The education part of it is always a plus."

After spending a lot of time at the wing, it might have been a tough transition to point guard, but Moss has fit in pretty well.

"I got to play more point guard than wing this summer. Being able to help everybody get their game up and not just mine," the 6-4, 178-pound guard said. "I ran the point a lot and just different because I can see over the defense better and find the open man a little bit better."

T.J. and his dad will take visits in the spring. His dad says while T.J. needs to be more vocal as a point guard, he's certainly breaking out of the box of being just a shooter. 

"Coach put the ball in his hands to make plays. He did that for himself and for others. Penny took it in his hands this summer and I think he led the city in assists. That's huge for him to show that he's got that game and to not put him in a box just as a shooter. Not that being a shooter is bad, but he can go out and make plays for others."

SMU quarterback commit talks senior season

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By: Patrick Engel

Lake Travis (Texas) quarterback Charlie Brewer played near his future college team on Friday, scoring four touchdowns in a 42-10 win at Dallas Jesuit. A week after taking a hit to the head and leaving a double-overtime win over Cibolo Steele, the SMU commit tossed only three incompletions.

“It’s fun, to get to come up here where I’m going to be in January. It’s fun to get a win and play in the Metroplex.”

Brewer is graduating from Lake Travis in December and enrolling at SMU for the spring 2017 semester. Brewer’s family has been close with SMU head coach Chad Morris’ family for a while. Morris coached Charlie’s older brother, Michael, at Lake Travis. The families have vacationed together before. Friday, Morris’ wife and children watched Lake Travis beat Jesuit.

“I’ve known them for like eight years,” Brewer said. “We used to go to Destin, Florida together.”

Brewer has continued to build relationships with the rest of the SMU staff since he committed in May, even though his ties to some of them go back much farther than a few months.

“I knew all of them before really well, but now that I committed it’s an even stronger relationship,” Brewer said. “It’s now not all about football, just talking and hanging out.”

Brewer, Scout’s 52nd-ranked quarterback in the nation, has not picked up any other offers since making his commitment.

“I definitely think I’m pretty solid right now,” Brewer said. “But I’m not really even focused on recruiting right now, I’m just focused on trying to get back to the state championship.”

While SMU did not playing a home game the weekend that Brewer played Jesuit, he is planning to visit for one of SMU’s games this fall with his teammate and fellow SMU commit, tight end Cade Brewer. The two have talked with the rest of the 2017 commits about all visiting for a game together, possibly the Oct. 22 one vs. Houston.

“I’d like to try to get to that one,” Brewer said. “That’d be awesome.”

2017 tight end commit solid to SMU
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By: Patrick Engel
Lake Travis (Texas) tight end and SMU commit Cade Brewer didn’t have a Power Five offer when he committed to SMU. Since committing, the three-star tight end has picked up four of them. But he’s not wavering from his commitment.

“I’m pretty solid,” Brewer said. “The only visit I would take is SMU.”

Most of those bigger offers came later in the spring and early summer. Some, like Oklahoma, have backed off recruiting him. Regardless, the SMU coaches have kept recruiting Brewer aggressively and continued to strengthen their relationship with him.

“I try to talk to them once a day and call them at least once a week. We’re building a really strong relationship and keeping it going,” Brewer said. “Our relationship has grown a lot. It’s pretty much like talking to my friends now. Coach (Jess) Loepp and Coach (Keith) Gunn, I try to talk to them a lot.”

Last Friday, Brewer played at Dallas Jesuit just a few miles away from SMU. In a 42-10 win, Brewer caught a touchdown pass from his future SMU teammate, quarterback Charlie Brewer. 

“It’s pretty cool to get a win in almost our future hometown in Dallas,” Brewer said.

SMU did not have a home game the following day, so both will look to visit for a game later this season. Brewer mentioned SMU’s home matchup with Houston as a possibility. 

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Brewer plays in a shotgun-spread offense similar to SMU’s. Like SMU’s tight ends, he lines up out wide and in the backfield as well as along the line of scrimmage. 

Brewer is the only tight end SMU is taking in its 2017 class.

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