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The Hilltop Review: 12/16

Come inside another edition of the Pony Stampede Hilltop Review for the latest on an SMU commit and a few 2018 targets.

SMU tight end commit has major decision to make

By: Andrew Hattersley

After taking a couple trips up to SMU over the past year, it was 2017 Lake Travis tight end and SMU commit Cade Brewer's turn to host the staff Sunday when coach Craddock, Loepp and Gunn stopped by for lunch and took the opportunity to talk with Brewer about his future at SMU. 

“It was cool, not having to go anywhere to see them, just staying in the house until they came it was pretty cool, talked for a little bit, ate lunch and just basically talked about SMU and what the future holds for us,” Brewer said. 

The staff preached early playing time to Brewer and also just how bright his future could be at SMU as the team continues to grow. 

“They were excited for me to come up there and hopefully have a good chance of playing right away so they’re very excited about me and my future,” Brewer said before elaborating on the bright future SMU has, “They’re getting lots of big recruits and coach Morris is turning things around, I think he’s making a good impact on SMU, I think we’ll get up there in the win column very soon so hopefully in the next year or two SMU will be up there in the lead in the conference and around college football.” 

Brewers’ string of good playoff performances has opened a lot of eyes around the state, including new Texas head coach Tom Herman who offered the talented tight end last week. 

“Very exciting, of course, getting an offer from a school like Texas is very exciting, but I’m not really going to focus on that right now, I’m trying to focus on winning a State Championship this weekend,” Brewer said, “I’ll focus more on that next week, but right now I’m focusing on winning a State Championship for my team right now.”

The 6-3, 223-pound tight end stayed solid to SMU despite receiving offers from Texas A&M and Oklahoma earlier this year, but will evaluate the Texas offer following the State Championship game although he remains solid to SMU. 

“Right now, I’m still sticking to SMU for sure, but not going to make any type of decision until next week after the season so we’ll see, that for sure made it a little bit harder, but right now I’m sticking with SMU for sure,” Brewer said. 

Despite all the talk about Texas, Brewer is still planning on taking his official visit to SMU in January with the rest of the 2017 class. His host will be a familiar face in fellow 2017 commit Lake quarterback Charlie Brewer who plans to enroll early at SMU. 

“I think it is going to be a very exciting time,” Cade Brewer said, “I think actually Charlie Brewer is going to be my host so that would be kind of funny, but cool at the same time because he is one of my good friends, I can’t wait to get up there and check it out.”

Brewer admitted it might take a little getting used to having Charlie show him around, but is excited for the week and thinks both will have a great time with it. 

“He’s one of my good friends so I will probably see him before he goes up to SMU so I don’t think it’s that different,” Brewer said, “It’s going to be a little weird he’s going to host me, but it’s going to be funny with him showing me around, it will be a fun time.”

2018 offensive tackle impressed with way SMU's trending

By: Patrick Engel

Highland Park (Texas) is 13-2 and plays Temple for the 5A-Division I State Championship on Saturday. In the midst of the Scots’ success, one of their best players found a little time to visit SMU. Thomas Shelmire, a 2018 guard, took in SMU’s win vs. Liberty on Sept. 17.

“I really liked the atmosphere and I liked all the players,” Shelmire said. “It seems like a really great place.”

Before the season, Shelmire visited for SMU’s invite-only recruiting barbecue in July. Though he wasn’t among the visitors for the Mustangs’ 38-14 over then-No. 11 Houston, the result and SMU’s three-win improvement caught his attention. 

“I’m proud of them. From last season to this season, it was a huge step up,” he said. “And they got that win against Houston. Everything is going right for SMU right now. They’re on the escalator up.”

Besides the visit for the Liberty game and following SMU’s other games from a distance, Shelmire hasn’t done much with recruiting since the season started. But SMU offensive line coach Dustin Fry offered him in the spring and began building a relationship then.

“I’ll mostly leave that for the offseason,” Shelmire said. “That’s when I’ll start giving it a thought. Coach Fry, he’s a great coach and a great man. I can’t wait to sit with him and talk with him 1-on-1 again. I have a lot of respect for him.”

SMU is Shelmire’s only offer so far, though he said he has heard a little from Houston. He plays left tackle for Highland Park, but SMU is recruiting him as an interior lineman.

2018 receiver picks up SMU offer

By: Billy Embody

2018 James Madison (Tex.) wide receiver Antonio Gage picked up an SMU offer this week after his coach talked with SMU defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt on Monday. 

"Coach Wyatt talked to my head coach and then my coach was telling me that they were offering," Gage said. "I called him and talked to him later that night. He told me to keep doing good on my grades and I had a good football season my junior year."

It's a big offer for Gage, who likes the ability to drive over to SMU, which he was impressed with at a recent game he took in.

"This puts me in a very good position. It's close to home and things like that. I drove over there and the campus is pretty good. The atmosphere was pretty good," the 6-foot, 170-pound receiver said. "I went to one of their games before. It was good. They played well, but came up short. With a program like that, I'd be a big help."

Gage is working on staying low in his cuts, but the quick receiver would enjoy getting into SMU's uptempo offense and contributing early on. Wyatt has made a good impression on Gage early on too.

"With the offense they got, I could contribute and be a big part of that. At my junior day, coach Wyatt is going to get me to talk to coach Morris and they want me to camp. He seemed like a pretty good guy and I feel like I could have a good relationship with him," Gage said. 

Illinois and Colorado have also offered Gage. Houston is also showing interest.

"I can't wait to get over there. I talked with both of the coaches there. They're trying to get me over there for visits," Gage said. "There's other schools out there though."

2018 four-star receiver grabs SMU offer
2019 WR Jalen Curry (Gabe Brooks / SCOUT)

By: Billy Embody

2018 Stafford (Tex.) wide receiver Jalen Curry got word from his coach and dad on Wednesday that SMU was the latest school to jump in the mix with an offer to the talented junior, who appreciates the opportunity and saw this coming on Tuesday.

"I really love them for giving me an opportunity to play at the next level. I'm just blessed to be able to do that," Curry said. "All of their coaches followed me on Twitter the day before so I thought something was up. Their education is very serious and it's a pretty good school."

Curry doesn't know too much other than that about SMU, but one school he has been getting to know is the one that was first to offer, Auburn. Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee has been building a relationship with the 6-3, 185-pound receiver.

"I was really amazed and very happy that day. Their colors, the environment and coaching staff that comes with it really impressed me," Curry said. "The way they move people all over the offense impresses me. They like what they've been seeing and liked my improvement from freshman to sophomore year."

With TCU, Oklahoma and Texas A&M showing a lot of interest in addition to his offers from Auburn and SMU, Curry expects his recruitment to blow up shortly.

"It's been going very well. It's going to pick up as time goes on and I should have a lot of offers here soon," Curry said. "They all want me to come up for junior days and I think they'd offer. TCU is really starting to recruit me hard."

Curry's biggest strength is something he admits most receivers don't like to do.

"I love blocking for my teammates. Most wide receivers don't like to block, but I love to do that. I'm really good at high-pointing the ball too."

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