2017 Virginia commit talks SMU offer
By: Andrew Hattersley
With a spot opening up in SMU’s 2017 class, they wasted no time in offering 2017 Bethel HS (VA). safety Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah and he was thrilled to receive yet another offer.
“It’s always an honor to get an offer from somebody to play at the next level of the sport you love,” Owusu-Koramoah said, “I’m just really appreciative of the opportunity that I have.”
While this doesn’t immediately change anything for Owusu-Koramoah, he is always willing to listen to all his options, even out of state.
“I thought about leaving home at some time, I’m committed right now to University of Virginia, but like I said it’s always an honor to get an offer no matter where it’s at,” Owusu-Koramoah said, “I’m committed to them, I still talk to a coach if he wants to talk to you, but I listen.”
Also playing into SMU’s hands is the Virginia safety’s budding friendship with SMU commit Charlie Brewer that started over a couple Twitter messages.
“It was actually through Twitter, we had a couple of messages, he plays quarterback and I play a bit of wide receiver,” Owusu-Koramoah said, “He was just saying ‘Yo it would just be crazy if you came to SMU’ and we have just been talking on and off, he’s a really good quarterback one of the best in the nation in my opinion.”
This is an important asset in getting the 6-2, 188-pound safety and could end up being a bigger factor than any coach could be.
“I would say it’s a big factor having one of your peers getting you to try to go to a school, I also try to get people to come to UVA and stuff like that, but really it is a factor,” Owusu-Koramoah said, “It adds a big factor actually because you most likely will listen to your peers over a coach that you don’t really know, but it has a factor.”
Owusu-Koramoah currently has other offers from Appalachian State, Army, Charlotte, Hampton, James Madison, Marshall, Michigan State, NC State, Old Dominion, Rutgers, Temple, UCF, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Washington State, William & Mary and Yale. He is currently planning to take a visit to SMU later in January and has already been in communication with the staff about a visit.
SCOUT EVALUATION OF OWUSU-KORAMOAH:
"Owusu-Koramoah is a big-time athlete at safety. He's has great size and covers a lot of ground. Owusu-Koramoah is extremely physical and relentless on the field. He's also good against both the run and the pass. Owusu-Koramoah needs to continue to improve his technique, but his ceiling is high and he has a chance to become an impact player at the collegiate level."
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2018 Arp athlete picks up SMU offer
By: Billy Embody
2018 Arp (Tex.) athlete DeMarvion Overshown picked up an SMU offer recently and his recruitment is set to take off this spring. It's early, but with SMU having a commitment from 2017 running back Kayce Medlock, that helps the Mustangs.
“My coach came and met me at the class. I called one of the SMU coaches and he told me about the offer,” Overshown said. “It makes it harder for me to choose. Kayce Medlock is already going there and I’m sure he going to try to talk me into going. It’ll be a hard decision.”
SMU running backs coach Claude Mathis extended the offer to Overshown on the call and Overshown is looking forward to learning more about SMU.
“He’s a good coach. He’s cool to be around and a good guy,” the 6-2, 200-pound athlete said. “I don’t know much, but I watched a couple games and it’d be one I’d go to. They want me up there and I’ll go sometime.”
Medlock is likely to push Overshown to join him in Dallas.
“He going to talk me into going. It’ll be pretty hard to choose, but it’d be great to play with him again after growing up and playing with him,” Overshown said.
UTSA and Texas, which is standing out to Overshown, have offered him. Navy and Louisiana-Lafayette have shown interest in the junior.
“My family is real proud about that (Texas offer). I’ve been wanting to go there for a long time and it might come true,” Overshown said. “I grew up knowing nothing, but Texas and watching them play. My pee wee head coach was a Texas fan and watched games at his house. My dad is a Texas fan. That’s kind of what I went with my whole life.”
SMU and Texas offered the 2018 athlete as a free safety.
“I like that I get to roam around and hit. I get to see everything and react to run or pass."
Overshown said he plans to visit SMU in the spring as well as others.