2018 Plano East HS (Tex.) offensive lineman Trey Hempstead took his first visit to the Hilltop this past weekend for one of SMU’s first spring practices of the year and loved the overall atmosphere and organization of practice.
“The visit was really nice, that was the first time I had gone on a visit so I got to experience something new, it was great,” Hempstead told PonyStampede, “I feel from watching the practice they are very well organized, well coached and they have a very good team atmosphere, they are always there for each other.”
The 6-2, 261-pound guard and tackle also enjoyed touring both the locker room and weight room, taking note of the school pride along the way.
“The facilities were really nice, they have a really nice atmosphere for the school, a lot of school pride,” Hempstead said, “We got to walk around and see the weight room and see the offices where they watch film.”
The Plano East lineman didn’t get much of a chance to chat to the staff, but is hoping to reach out to them in the coming weeks and begin to develop a stronger relationship.
“I didn’t get a chance to exchange numbers with any of them, but I will try to get in contact with them, I’m going to try to talk to them on Twitter,” Hempstead said.
Hempstead does not have any offers so far, but has received interest from Yale, Midwestern State and Oklahoma to varying degrees. The athletic guard and tackle excels in the run game, but is looking to improve on sustaining this and getting stronger.
“What I need to work on is conditioning and just being able to outwork my opponent,” Hempstead told PonyStampede, “But what I think I did well is just mentally knowing what I do best and being able to beat my opponent doing that.”
Hempstead would love to attend another spring practice or certainly SMU’s spring game next month if he is invited back.