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Rising 2019 outside linebacker Nana Osafo-Mensah visits SMU for scrimmage

SMU got a visit from 2019 Ft. Worth (Tex.) Nolan Catholic outside linebacker Nana Osafo-Mensah, who was impressed with the visit and plans a return trip.

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."

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.

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