2019 Ft. Worth (Tex.) Nolan Catholic outside linebacker/defensive end NaNa Osafo-Mensah has seen his recruitment pick up as of late with Baylor and Texas A&M offers to his name. Last weekend, Osafo-Mensah took in an SMU scrimmage and was impressed.
"It was a lot of fun watching the Friday night lights because that was my first college scrimmage I got to watch," Osafo-Mensah told Scout. "Watching them in practice, I was able to see their Oklahoma drills that were fun to watch. I liked how the coaches were so involved in the drills and even during the scrimmage, they were acting like it was a real game."
The 6-4, 220-pound got to know linebackers coach Archie McDaniel and defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt, who see Osafo-Mensah as a defensive end eventually for SMU if he were to pick up an offer after the coaches see him this spring.
"Coach McDaniel seemed like a really bright person and he was saying how he was going to try to get to spring practice to watch me and come to our spring game," Osafo-Mensah said. "He (Wyatt) said that he's seen my film and he likes the player I am. He said if I continue to do good and keep growing, I'll end up at defensive end."
Nolan Catholic is moving to a 3-4 defense this year and Osafo-Mensah will be a standup defensive end in the scheme and will be asked to rush the passer, something he's excited about.
"I actually like it and I'm looking forward to it because I get to pass rush and come off the ball," the sophomore said. "It's probably a better technique for me to play. I feel like I'm quick enough to turn and run to the flats when the running back comes out of the field and also rush the passer."
Osafo-Mensah has been monitoring SMU for a while and now that he's gotten to visit, he's high on Chad Morris' program.
"I really like the program as a whole and it's been like one of those programs in Texas that I've been watching through the years," Osafo-Mensah said. "I had a cousin that almost went to SMU and so ever since that, I've been looking at SMU as one of the top programs in Texas." http://www.scout.com/college/southern-methodist/story/1766182-2018-db-ha...
With the Bears and Aggies also in the mix, those are two schools that the edge defender is paying close attention to especially after a visit to College Station.
"I'm really excited about Texas A&M because I just went down there and I might get back there soon. Just meeting with coach Sumlin, coach Chavis and coach Price, that was really good," Osafo-Mensah said. "I'm really looking forward to getting down to Baylor for my first time. I don't know when I'll go, but I want to see how Baylor is and coach McGuire to see how the program works."
In terms of what it will come down to next summer when the then soon-to-be-senior will be deciding, he's looking at the colleges' degrees rather than defense.
"Any program that I fit in best, I'll got there. It doesn't really matter what defense they run because I can adjust, but I really look into what majors they have like business because that's what I want to do."
This summer, Osafo-Mensah plans to get back to SMU for a camp this summer. UCLA and USC will get a visit in the next few weeks while Stanford and Notre Dame will get visits this summer most likely.