Tre Allison (Photo by Billy Embody)

The Pony Stampede Hilltop Review March 10

Come inside another edition of the Pony Stampede Hilltop Review for the latest SMU recruiting news.

2018 linebacker commit updates commitment status

By: Phil Mayer

The second commit of SMU’s 2018 class, Tre Allison was at SMU’s spring practice last Saturday, and he was impressed with what he saw.

“They get after it. That’s what I like,” Allison said. “Smash-mouth football, that’s what they do. Practice runs really smooth; everyone is one time and they no one gets hurt. They make sure everyone stays safe. That’s what I liked about it.”

On his visit, Allison was able to meet some current SMU players, listen in on the defensive meeting and see the locker room. He enjoyed the opportunity to do so.

“Just to be around them. Just the environment makes me feel like I’m at home, so it was a pretty good experience,” Allison said. 

Allison was at The Opening on Sunday, and he ran a 4.64 in the 40-yard dash. That is a huge step up from Allison’s previous recorded time of 4.82. 

Recruited by SMU as an athlete, Allison sees himself playing linebacker at SMU; but he’s willing to play anywhere the staff puts him.

“Wherever they put me, I’m gonna make it happen. I don’t even care,” Allison said.

Allison feels good about his commitment to SMU, but he is still listening to other schools that are talking to him. He recently receiver an offer from University of Louisiana-Lafayette, and he will visit them on junior day. Allison still attends junior days whenever he is invited, even though he is committed to SMU. 

“I’m gonna take a couple more junior days,” Allison said. “Whenever they text me to let me know, I go up to see what it’s like. Just to experience it.” 

In addition to Louisiana-Lafayette, UTSA and University of Houston have contacted Allison recently. Allison still feels “pretty good” about SMU, but is keeping the door open on his recruitment.

“I don’t see it changing,” Allison said of his commitment to SMU. “But only time will tell.” 

SMU offers 2018 Fort Worth defensive back

By: Billy Embody

2018 Ft. Worth (Tex.) Paschal defensive back Jalen Rispress picked up an SMU offer on Wednesday when area recruiter Keith Gunn reached out for him to give him a call, which came with good news. The staff wanted to offer the 6-0, 185-pound defensive back as a boundary safety.

Calling Gunn a great human and having a great personality, Rispress said that the staff watched his film together and decided to go ahead and offer.

“After him and all the coaches sat down and watching my film multiple times they came up to a decision to offer me and they can really see me playing for their program," Rispress said.

Having just visited SMU for a prospect day, it was a good feeling coming off a visit that really impressed the junior safety.

“I loved it. The people and the environment, I felt like I was right at home,” Rispress said. “They made me feel welcome.

"I liked them a lot actually the weight room had a nice size and I like the stadium."

Rispress will get back to SMU on March 24 for the Friday Night Lights Prospect Night and then the SMU Spring Game. North Texas, where Rispress will visit on April 1, and Baylor are showing interest in him too.

5-star Oklahoma offensive tackle commit Brey Walker talks SMU visit

By: Phil Mayer

SMU right at the top for Louisiana safety

St. James DB Shawn Preston (Photo by Billy Embody)

By: Billy Embody

2018 St. James (La.) safety Shawn Preston Jr. has seen his recruitment really pick up over the last month with a few Division I offers coming in, but a couple weeks back, Preston made the trip up from the Boot State to the Lone Star State to visit SMU. 

"It was good. It was a very, very interesting experience for me. I've never been around something that is just amazing. I don't know, it was really breathtaking," Preston said. "On your way to the university, that's where George Bush is from, just the scenery of everything is amazing, everything is just huge there."

Graduate assistant Chris Scott, Jr. greeted Preston and his father before bringing in Van Malone and Chad Morris to extend an offer to the Louisiana native. SMU doesn't normally offer outside the state unless players are truly interested and Preston showed that.

"They told me that they were excited about me coming up and that they'd like me to come back up there," Preston said. "He (Morris) said that he had watched my tape and that they were very excited to have me up there. He realized how interested I was since I came all the way from Thibodaux to Dallas.

The trio of coaches that Preston met with really impressed him in different ways.

"Coach Scott is really good people. He's just a GA, but he's really good people. He's going to come up in the staff in the future," Preston said. "Coach Malone is a real cool-headed dude that can relax, but takes everything seriously. Coach Morris is just a guy with a plan."

The city of Dallas was a big surprise for Preston coming up from Louisiana, but the campus impressed Preston too. The visit as a whole was eye-opening.

"The stadium. I did not expect the stadium to be that big," said the 6-1, 190-pound safety. "It's actually a big campus too. For being in the middle of Dallas, it's a big campus."

Preston picked up offers from Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette and Tulane before grabbing SMU on the visit.

"First and foremost, this week has been really exciting. Two offers in one day on Valentine's Day, I had another offer the next day. The ball just kept on rolling," Preston said. "SMU offering kind of iced the cake for me this week.

"I really did enjoy myself up there today. In college, I want to major in business. They showed me that too."

Preston's dad was also enamored by the visit up to Dallas.

"He couldn't keep still. Like a child in Toys' R' Us. He really enjoyed himself."

Preston and teammates Glenn Brown and Kyren Harris plan to return to SMU for a camp this summer.

Jacksonville State, UTSA, La. Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette and Memphis will get visits from Preston this spring too. The junior is busy preparing for The Opening Regional in New Orleans on March 19.

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