2018 cornerback recaps SMU visit, junior season
By: Andrew Hattersley
2018 Prestonwood Christian (Tex.) cornerback Jeremiah Lewis finally made a trip over to SMU for the Mustangs' home opener against Liberty, and loved taking in the whole gameday environment.
“I enjoyed seeing some of the facilities around SMU, great experience, see some of the players and what they do pre and postgame,” Lewis said, “Just to get a feel for the school and campus itself was nice.”
Lewis definitely had some favorites from the visit including the pregame festivities, and the postgame mood after a win.
“My favorites were probably pregame, seeing them run out of the tunnel, and then for sure the game,” Lewis said, “Then the postgame just seeing what they do after a victory, what they do in the locker room, sort of the vibe.”
Lewis liked the way the team came out on both sides of the ball, especially the way the defense responded to adversity throughout the game.
“I thought the defense played good, I liked how they stuck with it through big plays, they moved on to the next play and had a short memory,” Lewis said.
The 5-11, 173 cornerback also got the chance to catch up with coach Loepp both before and after the game about how his own season was going so far.
“He was just checking in how the season was going, our expectations, just basically how I was doing, which I can’t ask for any more,” Lewis said.
Now that they have been in contact almost a year, Lewis has seen the bond continue to strengthen with coach Loepp after the summer camp, as well as, other conversations they have had since.
“It’s most definitely grown from the first time I talked to him, probably early 2016, probably January or February it has grown a lot, tremendously,” Lewis said, “Going up to the camp in June, that helped, and then it has just been building ever since, just staying in touch and building that type of chemistry.”
Lewis currently has offers from SMU and Tulsa, who he has also been developing a strong relationship with him this year, although he is still planning to take his time with the decision given how early he is in the process.
“Things are going well with Tulsa, both great schools, great academics, good football teams and I haven’t for sure narrowed it down, but they are both in the running so probably narrow it down later, but both are good schools.”
For now, Lewis is just working on his strength, speed and leadership as he grows along with a young Prestonwood squad.
“For sure trying to get bigger, eating, lifting, for sure trying to get bigger,” Lewis said, “Speed, because you can always get faster, but for sure size at this time.”
2017 offensive tackle talks SMU interest
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By: Billy Embody
2017 Frisco (Tex.) Independence offensive tackle Jason Moore was out at SMU's home opener for the Mustangs' win over Liberty and was more than impressed with the visit.
"It was nice. It was definitely a lot nice than I expected. The facilities were much nice than I expected. I travelled to a bunch of schools and visited facilities. That was among the top I've seen so far," Moore said. "The coaches were pretty open and receiving of me when I was there.
Dustin Fry, Jess Loepp and Chad Morris were all talking with the 6-4, 275-pound lineman before the game and was also impressed with the Boulevard.
"They were excited to see me out there for their home opener. I was at the Boulevard walk and to see all the players walking down that street and everybody's tailgating. I've never seen anything like that before."
Moore said doctors will grow to about 6-6 with a lot of his family members hitting 6-7 and 6-8, but Moore is just 16. The staff is evaluating him and as a young prospect, they like what they see.
"They've been evaluating my film. They wanted to see my first couple games and I just put that tape out and sent it to them so I'm in the evaluation process," Moore said. "They like how I've improved and grown as a player. I'm still developing physically, growing, and mentally plus, physically as a player. They said they need me on the program, but I'm waiting for that call on that offer."
The cousin of former Texas A&M defensive lineman Damontre Moore said his family lineage has him thinking he'll be a successful player as well with him getting stronger.
"I come from a lineage of athletes. I had a cousin play for Nebraska too. I think I should be able to grow another 2-3 inches in the next year or so," Moore said. "I've improved in games and being able to study my film and correct things before my coach even tells me what I did wrong. I'm one of those players more than the offensive line, but the running backs too so I know where they cut off me."
Memphis, San Diego State, Tulsa and North Carolina are showing interest in Moore as of now.
"I like SMU. I've always liked SMU so that's the school that stands out to me. Cal-Berkley has been talking to me a little bit. They want film and grades. I've always like the Cali scene when I took a vacation out there. Hopefully, I can get something from there too."
2018 Allen OL planning visit to SMU
Trey Stratford (© Greg Powers)
By: Billy Embody
After taking a trip up to SMU for one of their camps earlier this summer, 2018 Allen HS (Tex.) offensive lineman Trey Stratford is making plans to come back up for the SMU Houston game in a couple weeks.
“I’m really excited, I went up there this summer for a camp and walked around campus a little bit, it’s really a great experience they have a beautiful campus,” Stratford said, “I’ve driven past there a couple of times, I played at SMU during Pee-Wee football, but never actually got to see the campus so it’ll be cool.”
Things have been going very well between SMU and the 6-4, 270-pound lineman recently with coach Loepp and Stratford talking on a weekly basis.
“I’m receiving a lot of love from SMU right now and I’m very grateful for it,” Stratford said, “It’s been great they are probably recruiting me one of the hardest recruiters right now so it’s just been a great experience and I’m looking forward to it.”
Although he is enjoying the process, the Allen lineman hopes to have a decision made by his senior year, so that is doesn’t become a distraction in his final year.
“I’m planning to take a few visits next summer, if not more, I’m planning to commit before next season, I don’t want to worry about it and I want it to be off my mind,” Stratford said, “Grateful for the process but I’m looking to wind it down before next season.”
Although things are pretty even for him so far, there are a couple schools that have jumped out in terms of recruiting him the hardest.
“I would have to say I’ve been receiving a lot of love from all the schools that have recruited me, but it is pretty even although, I would say SMU, Houston and UCLA are probably recruiting me the hardest right now.”
Along with SMU, Stratford has offers from Houston, Rice, UTSA, Tulane and UCLA.