Pony Stampede Hilltop Review Oct. 14

Come inside another Pony Stampede Hilltop Review with updates on SMU football targets and a new hoops offer.

2018 defensive back recaps SMU visit

By: Demetrio Teniente

After breaking his elbow last season, there wasn’t a whole lot of tape on 2018 West Mesquite safety Dayven Coleman.

So he isn’t too worried that he hasn’t picked up his first offer yet.

“To me I just go out and ball,” Coleman said. “I feel that they are going to offer me; they just need to see more of me on tape. Last year I broke my elbow and only played three games. They just want to see more film.”

Standing at 6-1, 186 pounds, Coleman has the exact kind of build defensive coordinators want on their teams to counter the bigger, freak athletes that are lining up at receiver these days and he is definitely drawing a lot of attention.

The three-star recruit says he’s been in talks with Houston, Nebraska, Washington, California, Iowa, Iowa State, Texas, TCU, and SMU. He talks to the most, right now, with SMU and TCU.

Coleman visited SMU last week and got to talk to coaches Van Malone, and Buddy Wyatt.

“It was real nice,” Coleman said. “Me and coach Malone have a really tight bond. Me and coach Wyatt too. I talk them on almost a day-to-day basis. Coach Malone is like a players’ coach. I can tell he has my best interest in mind all the time. Every time I talk to him it feels more like [I’m talking to] a friend more than a coach.”

It wasn’t the first time Coleman has visited SMU and he has seen them play a couple times this season. One player, in particular, has stood out to him.   

“That Jordan Wyatt is good,” Coleman said. “I saw SMU play at Baylor and he had a pick, then I saw him against Liberty and he had two. He’s good and he is like me—you know, a big corner.”

As much as Coleman has been talking to SMU, he says he has been in contact with TCU just as much. In fact, if he were to guess, he says he thinks the Horned Frogs might be first to offer him.

Whichever team offers him first doesn’t matter too much, because Coleman knows what being offered means to him and his bigger picture.

“It would mean that all my hard work—everything I put into it—it would let me know that someone is watching it all and appreciates my talent.” 

Coleman will visit LSU this weekend for the Tigers' game against Southern Miss.

2018 defensive tackle plans SMU visit

By: Andrew Hattersley

As SMU looks to continue building a strong defensive front, one of their targets has been 2018 Forney HS (Tex.) defensive tackle Jaylon Hutchings who plans to visit SMU next week. 

“It’s going pretty good, coach Buddy Wyatt contacted me on Twitter about coming to the Houston game, so I’m pretty excited to go check them out,” Hutchings said. 

After receiving an offer from SMU in January, Hutchings also got a visit from coach Wyatt for one of his games and was pleased to hear he plans to come back again. 

“With coach Wyatt, I like how he’s grown with me, he came to one of my games a couple weeks ago,” Hutchings said, “He just told me good job and stuff like that, I just really appreciate him coming to my games, he said he will come see me again so that’s good,” Hutchings said. 

The 6-1, 260-pound defensive tackle is excited to check out the atmosphere at SMU and get a better sense of how things work on the Hilltop. 

“Just like the atmosphere, the game atmosphere and how it is going to be, just how the player handle things, how the coaches coach,” Hutchings said. 

So far Hutchings only has an offer from SMU, but has also been hearing from Houston, UNT and Colorado. 

The Forney defensive tackle is in no rush to make a decision and is looking to keep his options open for right now to see what schools show interest. 

“It’s going pretty good, other schools have been looking at me, but I’m just keeping my options open to all the schools that are looking at me, but it’s going pretty good,” Hutchings said. 

It’s been a unique year for Hutchings, as he has moved over mostly from the defensive side of the ball to offense. 

“I’ve been doing pretty good, been playing a lot more offense because our running back got hurt so they needed a running back,” Hutchings said, “I still play some defense, but I play mostly offense now.”

2019 guard talks SMU offer

By: Patrick Engel

Coaches had visited Avery Anderson's high school before. But when SMU assistant K.T. Turner walked into Justin (Texas) Northwest high school earlier this month to see Anderson, a 2019 combo guard, he had a bit more planned than just stopping by to watch a workout. After practice, Anderson learned that SMU and Turner gave him his first offer.

“I was feeling pretty excited. It was my first offer and I really didn’t know how to feel,” Anderson said. “That’s one big school, so if I keep working more, more will come.”

Anderson said SMU likes his ability as point guard and identified him early because he’s a local product. While Justin is closer to Fort Worth and TCU, it’s still within an hour from SMU and a short trip.

“They want me to stay in town,” he said. “They said how they really loved how I play defense and how I can score the ball anytime I want to.”

Since Anderson is just starting the recruiting process, he’s only beginning to build relationships and learn about the schools recruiting him. Anderson knows of SMU’s recent success and their reputation as a team.

“They’re one big family,” Anderson said.

In addition to his offer from SMU, Anderson has interest from Baylor, Stephen F. Austin, Texas and Texas Tech. He’s planning an unofficial to SFA next week and wants to get to some games at others during the season.

This past summer, Anderson played AAU on Team Beast Mode on the Under Armour circuit.

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