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SMU football recruiting board reset: Jan. 12

With the recruiting dead period coming to an end and signing day in less than a month, PonyStampede breaks down the the state of SMU's 2017 class.

The dead period wasn't very dead for SMU. Two players flipped their commitments from the Mustangs to Big 12 schools, and SMU picked up two commitments of its own. It ends the dead period with the same number of commits it started with: 16. A couple key targets remain on the board, but SMU will keep devoting a lot of attention to its commits as well.

Quarterbacks

Commits:

http://www.scout.com/player/168275-d-j-gillins?s=357

http://www.scout.com/player/210160-austin-upshaw

Available Scholarships: 0

What’s trending: SMU had a lot of activity here during the dead period. Shortly after winning a state title and setting the national high school record for completion percentage, Charlie Brewer flipped to Matt Rhule and Baylor. SMU wasted little time in replacing him, flipping Austin Upshaw from Memphis. Brewer may be a better prospect and it's tough for SMU to lose him given his ties to Chad Morris, but it's not a loss that should hurt SMU anytime soon: D.J. GillinsBen Hicks and Rafe Peavey all have at least two years of eligibility left. Gillins signed in December and is already in Dallas. Unless SMU decides it wants another freshman QB, it should be done here.

Running backs

Commits:

http://www.scout.com/player/199773-kayce-medlock?s=357

Available Scholarships: 0

What’s trending: Kayce Medlock picked up a Houston offer in late December, but recently told PonyStampede he isn't planning to take a visit there. Should it change and he flips to Houston (or elsewhere), SMU wouldn't be losing someone it needs to rush onto the field right away: every one of SMU's running backs has at least two years of eligibility left. If the spot became open, SMU might consider using it at another position.

Wide receivers

Commits:

http://www.scout.com/player/207763-tyler-page?s=357

Available Scholarships: 0

What’s trending: Courtland Sutton decision to return to school all but confirms that SMU's work is done on the trail for wide receivers this cycle. Every SMU wide receiver who caught a pass returns in 2017, plus Trey Quinn is eligible after sitting out the 2016 season. Brandon Benson and Joshua Shelmire are coming off redshirt years. Even with only Tyler Page this class, SMU has lots of depth at receiver.

Tight ends

Commits:

None

Available Scholarships: 1

What’s Trending: Cade Brewer was one of SMU's first 2017 commits, but he flipped to Texas in December. SMU ideally takes a three-back in every class, but it might go for some experience at the position to bring in some competition for Mitchell KaufmanRyan Becker and Corey Rau. The easy way to find experience is a grad transfer. Expect SMU to take a look at grad transfer tight ends.

Offensive line

Commits:

http://www.scout.com/player/204625-alan-ali?s=357

http://www.scout.com/player/206845-hayden-howerton?s=357

Available Scholarships: 1

Top Targets:

http://www.scout.com/player/203852-matthew-huhn/recruiting?year=2016&s=215

What’s trending: Matthew Huhn is still the top target for SMU on the offensive line, and maybe the most important target left in this cycle for SMU. SMU has put the emphasis on getting tackles, and Huhn would complete an impressive three-man offensive line class with three tackles. He decommitted from Houston last month and SMU remains in a good spot. Getting him to visit SMU on the same weekend when all the commits take their official would be smart. SMU offensive line coach Dustin Fry is scheduled to do an in-home visit with Huhn Friday night.

Defensive line

Commits:

http://www.scout.com/player/208939-jordan-gipson

www.scout.com/player/202357-noah-jones

http://www.scout.com/player/201718-harrison-loveless

http://www.scout.com/player/204476-toby-ndukwe?s=357

http://www.scout.com/player/213938-turner-coxe?s=357

Available Scholarships: 0

What’s trending: Turner Coxe was a surprise late addition to the class. He impressed in Highland Park's run to a state title and had offers from Army and Air Force. He's a bit of an end/tackle tweener right now at 6-2, 250, but showed a knack for getting in the backfield wherever he lined up during the state playoffs. Noah Jones has been getting a lot of attention from Houston, and SMU will have to fight to keep him, as it has become used to doing with commitments in January. SMU is visiting him at school Thursday. If he left, it's unlikely that SMU would find another lineman to take his spot, especially with Nick Horton returning from injury next year. 

Linebackers

Commits:

http://www.scout.com/player/208600-delano-robinson?s=357

http://www.scout.com/player/208656-shaine-hailey?s=357

Available Scholarships: 0

What’s trending: Not much to see here - both Shaine Hailey and Delano Robinson are solid to SMU.

Defensive backs

Commits:

http://www.scout.com/player/207199-ar-mani-johnson?s=357

http://www.scout.com/player/207577-justin-guy-robinson?s=357

http://www.scout.com/player/206045-elijah-mcqueen?s=357

Available Scholarships: maybe 1

Names to know:

http://www.scout.com/player/194610-tyreke-davis

What’s trending: Elijah McQueen signed his letter of intent and will begin classes in the spring semester. Justin Guy-Robinson and Ar'mani Johnson are solid to SMU. The name to watch as a possible fourth defensive back is Tyreke Davis, who's Delano Robinson's high school teammate. Primarily a running back and linebacker, SMU sees Davis as a safety. SMU told Davis after offering him that he'd have a spot and they would figure out a way to make the numbers work. He is scheduled to visit North Texas this weekend. He originally committed to the Mean Green in April. SMU also extended an offer to Virginia safety commit Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah in December, at Charlie Brewer's urging. With Brewer no longer part of the class, SMU's chances with Owusu-Koramoah decreased significantly. 


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