Pony Stampede Hilltop Review: Oct. 21

Come inside another edition of the Pony Stampede Hilltop Review with the latest news on SMU commits, targets and team news.

JUCO Offensive Tackle Planning SMU Visit

By: Billy Embody

With SMU's 2017 class pretty much full, the staff is targeting an offensive lineman that can come in and make an impact right away. That's where Ellsworth CC offensive tackle Tanis Joseph comes in.

The 6-4, 295-pound tackle picked up an SMU offer this week, talking with Chad Morris and some of the SMU coaches on the phone where he got the good news.

"I was talking to the coaches to the coaches a little bit on Twitter the past couple weeks and then they told me to call them," Joseph said. "When I finally got to call them, I was talking to the coaches and he offered me. He liked my physicality and I'm an athletic lineman. They said they need me at that tackle spot."

Joseph doesn't know much about SMU just yet and doesn't know SMU's staff too well, but the early impressions left are good apparently.

"They seem pretty cool. 

As far as whether Joseph would rather be at tackle or guard, he likes being out on the edge at tackle, where SMU sees him.

"It's different. You're out there on the island there. I don't know how to explain it really. I like it," Joseph said. "I've been working on the double-team blocks and blocking up to the backers."

Hawaii, Georgia State, Marshall, UAB and Southern Miss have offered the expected May graduate. Iowa State, Utah and Oregon State are showing interest so far.

"I'm pretty much open right now. I've got to narrow down my visits. I'll probably take some visits around January," Joseph said. "Just looking for a great education and great coaching. I'm looking for a school that needs me."

2018 linebacker waiting on his first offer
Mykel Gates (Gabe Brooks / SCOUT)

By: Demetrio Teniente

It’s simply a matter of time until someone pulls the trigger on 2018 Carthage Inside linebacker Mykel Gates.

He is certainly drawing the attention of a number of programs, but no one has taken the leap and offered him yet.

“Yea, I got a lot of looks, but no offers,” Gates said. “It will be a huge step showing me that my hard work is paying off [to get offered]. But at the end of the day, I’m still going to be hungry. I don’t want one offer, I want more than one.”

Gates has been getting looks from schools like, Arkansas, Houston, Iowa State, Memphis, Mississippi State, North Texas, Texas Tech, and SMU.

The Mustangs have been in touch with Gates or a while now. He says he has been talking with SMU assistant coach Jess Loepp the most.  

“I love coach Loepp,” Gates says. “He is funny and keeps it straight. He keeps everything 100 with me. Everyone else has too, but coach Loepp is just like any of the coaches that I have right now.”

Gates visited SMU earlier this season when the Mustangs hosted TCU.

“It was fun,” Gates said. “I liked it—it was different than what I’ve seen. You can tell the players were serious about getting better and the coaching staff is tremendous. It is a beautiful campus. And where I’d be for my major isn’t too far away from the athletics facility, so it wouldn’t be a stretch for me in between classes and practice.”

Gates said he wants to be an occupational therapist because it would give him the opportunity to help a larger number of people than simply being an athletic trainer, like he originally wanted.  

As far as visits, Gates says it is more difficult to plan that type of thing right now in the middle of the season, but he does plan on stopping by Houston—the program he thinks is closest to offering—next week. 

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2017 Arp running back still solid to SMU
Gabe Brooks / SCOUT

By: Patrick Engel

It’s rare to see a player get no attention from other schools after making a commitment. Arp (Texas) two-star athlete Kayce Medlock has been hearing from UTSA despite committing to SMU in July, but the threat of any flip is very low.

“I’m just straight SMU,” Medlock said.

SMU doesn’t stop recruiting a player when it gets a commitment from him. The coaches are diligent about staying in contact, continuing to build a relationship and reminding the player why SMU is the best spot. Medlock’s recruitment has been no exception.

“Me and coach (Claude) Mathis always text a bunch, coach (Chad) Morris always checks up on me every week to ask me about my game,” Medlock said. “I feel like the more we talk and the more I see them, the more we get closer and closer as family. They’re my family.”

Medlock committed a few days after visiting for SMU’s July invite-only recruiting barbecue, but has not been back to campus since. He’s visiting for Saturday’s game vs. Houston, along with some of the other SMU commits. Quarterback Charlie Brewer, tight end Cade Brewer, offensive tackle Alan Ali and safety/linebacker Delano Robinson are some of the other committed guys expected to join him.

“We’re all cool. I talk to a bunch of them and I’ll be meeting a bunch more of them this weekend,” Medlock. “We’re planning on hanging out after too.”

Arp is 6-2 this year, but Medlock’s statistical output is down after a 1,184-yard, 17-touchdown junior season. The reason? He’s being used as a decoy a lot because he commands so much attention from opposing defenses. It’s a common tactic for Class 3A teams where one player is so much better than everyone else.

“Everywhere I go, they have like three people on me,” Medlock said.

The 5-foot-9, 186-pound Medlock plays both ways, mainly at at wide receiver, running back and safety. He’s coming to SMU as a running back. At last May’s ETSN combine, he ran a 4.4-second 40-yard dash.

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