Hayden Howerton

SMU set to host huge official visitor weekend

SMU is set to host its big official visit weekend with most of #StangGang17 in Dallas before getting set to sign with the Mustangs on National Signing Day.

The Mustangs are hosting plenty of the class of 2017 while bringing in a few potential candidates to join the class. Here's the latest on who's in Dallas and where they all stand.


The Skinny: One of SMU's newest commits is the freshman quarterback for the class, Austin Upshaw was flipped from Memphis to SMU on January 4. The 6-1 quarterback has plenty of speed, but will be a bit of a project. As he enters this official visit weekend, he's one of the more solid commitments in the class. Upshaw got his wish to stay in Texas when Chad Morris offered him and now, he'll get a chance to redshirt and develop.


The Skinny: Even as Houston made a move on the East Texas talent, Kayce Medlock stayed firm in his commitment, announcing he has shut down his recruitment. Don't expect the Arp running back to go anywhere. He'll sign with SMU on Wednesday, but is a good candidate to redshirt.


The Skinny: Friendswood quarterback Tyler Page has told Pony Stampede before that he'll likely start out at wide receiver for SMU, but this is the Collin Rock of the 2017 class, where he could be moved to safety or even play quarterback if SMU lost some of its depth there down the line. Page is dynamic with the ball in his hands and was one of the state's Mr. Football finalists. Page is solid in his commitment and will sign with SMU on Wednesday.


The Skinny: Another late add in a way to the SMU class is Katy offensive tackle Hayden Howerton, who flipped from Rice to SMU in December. SMU wanted to load up on offensive tackles in the class and Howerton is a kid that has played some big-time football and has a ton of potential to be a solid tackle once he bulks up a little bit in the weight room. 


The Skinny: Arguably the best recruit in the 2017 recruiting class, offensive tackle Alan Ali is also the original 2017 commit. The 6-5, 275-pound Timber Creek product has been solid to SMU and never wavered, liking the combination of education and the coaching staff to develop him. The No. 10 offensive tackle in Texas was sold once SMU beat Houston and has shut down his recruitment.


The Skinny: Again, a new commit here in the 2017 class and a state champion as well. Highland Park defensive end Turner Coxe is set to play defensive end for SMU to start and is a good bet to redshirt as he continues to put weight on. The staff loved his film from his senior season and over the holiday break, an offer went out and Coxe was a Mustang a few days later.


The Skinny: SMU's mystery recruit will be a mystery no longer in short order. In addition to finally getting in touch with Pony Stampede, Jordan Gipson will visit SMU this weekend. The Bay City defensive tackle is one the staff is really high on and managed to keep a secret from the world for the most part. Gipson is set to sign with SMU and look for the story on his official visit after the weekend on Pony Stampede.


The Skinny: One of SMU's longest is Harrison Loveless out of Cypress Ranch, where he played with current SMU player Collin Rock. The defensive end/tackle can go wherever his body takes him. At 260, Loveless could grow into a defensive tackle in a college weight program or stick at strongside defensive end. No need to worry about Loveless going anywhere else as Signing Day approaches. 


The Skinny: One of the players that impressed Scout the most at the 2015 Texas State Championships is George Ranch defensive end Toby Ndukwe, but during his senior year, Ndukwe tore his ACL. With his season lost for the most part, Ndukwe has been rehabbing and is projected to be ready in August for fall camp. With SMU's depth at defensive end though, there's no rush to get him on the field early. Ndukwe will play that Leo spot for SMU and it's a shame that his senior season ended the way it did as he was poised to have a huge senior campaign.


The Skinny: One of the few linebacker/Star commits in the class along with Elijah McQueen and Delano Robinson, Shaine Hailey is set to be a versatile addition to SMU's defense in the middle. He's set to be a true linebacker for SMU as they'll bulk him up and stick him at Will or Mike. Either way, SMU has a solid commitment here in Hailey, who won't be going anywhere.


The Skinny: Yet another Denton Ryan kid is set to come to SMU as Delano Robinson, who is a Star for SMU along with McQueen, who's already on campus. Robinson though is similar to Jordan Ward, a bigger body at the position that can run. Robinson has looked good on film this year and is poised to have the potential for a big impact at SMU even if he redshirts while waiting behind the likes of Ward, Myles Duke and Kyran Mitchell.


The Skinny: SMU is adding a lot of speed in its two cornerbacks in Ar'mani Johnson and Justin Guy-Robinson, but both are good candidates to redshirt with the young talent at the position coming into the fold. Both Johnson and Guy-Robinson have to put on some serious weight to withstand the beating of a season. 


The Skinny: Pearland defensive back Justin Guy-Robinson comes from a talented team and will be taking his talents to Dallas at SMU. The 5-10, 160-pound cornerback isn't worried about redshirting, he told Pony Stampede and will likely do so to get bigger, faster and stronger before taking the field as a redshirt freshmen. He's solid in his commitment to SMU and will sign with the Mustangs on Wednesday. 

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