Former Texas assistant coach Jeff Taylor joins SMU football's coaching staff

SMU announced Thursday the hiring of former University of Texas tight ends coach and former Texas high school head coach Jeff Traylor to its coaching staff.

SMU is adding a high-profile name to its coaching staff.

Jeff Traylor, who spend the last two seasons at Texas' tight ends coach and special teams coordinator, has been hired as SMU's associate head coach and running backs coach.

Prior to his stint at Texas, Traylor was the head coach at Gilmer High School in East Texas for 15 seasons. He led the Buckeyes to three state championships and posted a 175-26 overall record.

He and SMU head coach Chad Morris overlapped stints as high school coaches in East Texas. Taylor was an assistant at Jacksonville High School from 1993-99, while Morris was the head coach at Eustace High School and Elysian Fields High School.

"I'm happy to be joining Coach Morris and the SMU program," Traylor said in a release. "Chad's always been somewhat of a hero of mine. He treats people well and does things the right way. I've also had several players come to SMU and they've all had great experiences. This is a great school in a great city and there's so much momentum here. I'm really excited about the future."

Traylor is known as a strong recruiter in the state of Texas, especially in East Texas. He was not retained by Tom Herman when Herman was named the Longhorns' head coach in December.

 In a corresponding move to Traylor's hire, Claude Mathis has been reassigned from running backs coach to Director of High School Relations. He will also assist in player development.

"We're thankful for Claude's efforts the past two seasons as an assistant coach, and, with kids in high school and junior high, this change will give him an opportunity to spend more time with his family," Morris said in a release. "We're just so happy to be able to keep him on our staff."


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