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SMU commit's season comes to abrupt end

Hatts talked with 2017 SMU defensive end commit Toby Ndukwe about how his season came to an end and his commitment status.

After a huge junior season, 2017 George Ranch HS (Tex.) defensive end and SMU commit Toby Ndukwe saw his season come to an abrupt end against The Woodlands HS Friday night. 

“My season’s over, I got hurt on Friday and tore my ACL and MCL,” Ndukwe said before expressing some optimism, “I should be ready by summer, I’m getting surgery on Monday.” Ndukwe had just made the tackle on a run play up the middle before his teammate dove into his legs from the other side. 

“We were coming from opposite sides, I grabbed the running back and my teammate dove for his legs,” Ndukwe said, “Instead of diving into his legs, he dove straight into mine.”

The three-star lineman spoke with the staff Tuesday afternoon about the injury and his surgery next Monday. 

“They just told me to keep my head up, the offer still stands and they’re still committed to me,” Ndukwe said, “With my surgery on Monday they said they will be praying for me.” 

Nduke admitted it certainly lifted his spirits to hear from the staff and receive the support he did from them during this time. 

“It’s really comforting actually, I really appreciate the fact the coaches are reaching out to me and hoping everything goes well, supporting me with anything I need and just to keep in touch with them,” Ndukwe said, “That makes me really happy, I really appreciate that.” 

After receiving heavy interest from Kansas State, Colorado and Texas Tech earlier this summer, the George Ranch defensive end had only been hearing from SMU prior to the injury and is excited to get on campus as soon as he can. 

“The team has been looking really good, I think it’s going to be a good season,” Ndukwe said, “I really can’t wait to get up there on campus and be a part of SMU.” 

After the 2016 class formed a very close bond, the hope was for the 2017 group to have the same result. Ndukwe certainly feels that has happened for him and is looking forward to joining them for the official visits in January. 

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