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2018 Timber Creek WR Talks Recruitment

By: Phil Mayer

2018 Timber Creek (Tex.) wide receiver Erik Ezukanma thinks highly of SMU. He is especially impressed with the knowledge and continuity of the coaching staff.

“They’re a family, overall,” Ezukanma said “The coaching staff, they know what they’re doing and they’re efficient with what they’re doing.”

Ezukanma has not visited the school in a while, but he still remembers what his last visit was like. 

“We toured the school,” he said. “Just showing us around showing us what football is like at SMU, how they can take care of you and how scholarships are.” 

The most impressive part of the visit for Ezukanma was the coaching staff.

“I was very impressed by coach Chad Morris and the whole coaching staff really. Just how they’re all a family,” Ezukanma said. 

The 6-2, 180 pound wideout has not been in contact with the coaching staff recently, but he made it clear that his interest in SMU is not lost.

“They’re still up at the top of my list,” he said. 

Ezukanma has a number of offers from impressive schools, but he has not progressed in narrowing down his list to a few top choices. Schools that have offered Ezukanma include Arkansas, Ole Miss and Texas A&M. 

Ezukanma went to Oklahoma last week, and Baylor the week before that. He wants to come back to SMU sometime soon; saying, “It’s gonna happen.”

Highlights of Ezukanma's 282-yard game

2018 running back picks up SMU offer

By: Andrew Hattersley

After visiting SMU last Sunday, Skiatook HS (Ok.) running back TK Wilkerson picked up his third offer overall from SMU last week.

“It’s really nice, I like the facilities and stuff, the coaches are really cool,” Wilkerson said. 

Before offering Wilkerson as a running back, the staff got a sense of what position he wants to play at the next level, before he responded he would like to be a running back. 

“They just told how they could really use me going to a bigger running back to go with the smaller running backs they have,” Wilkerson told PonyStampede. 

While he didn’t get to take in a practice, the Oklahoma running back enjoyed getting to see the Mustangs locker room and weight room. 

“The locker rooms were nice, I liked how they have SMU on everything,” Wilkerson said, “Then the weight room was nice, they have new technology and stuff I haven’t seen before.”

Wilkerson is currently committed to Tulsa, but is certainly still exploring his options and will be up until Signing Day at the preference of his mom. 

“I’m still looking around and exploring,” Wilkerson said before explaining what drew him to Tulsa, “I think the coaches are just really cool, laid back and when it is time to work it’s time to work, I like how the classrooms aren’t real huge where I can get to know my professor, I know some of the players on the team so that helps.” 

While his preference would be to stay in the state of Oklahoma, if Wilkerson got a big offer he would absolutely be comfortable heading out of state. 

“Yeah it does,” Wilkerson said, “But I would go out of Oklahoma if I got an offer from like Florida State or something like that, I’d go out of state.”

2019 defensive back makes yet another return to SMU

Jonathan McGill

By: Phil Mayer

Four star 2019 Coppell (Tex.) safety Jonathan McGill was at SMU for the team’s Friday Night Lights scrimmage two weeks ago. He was impressed with what he saw on both sides of the ball.

“Their offense is blazing right now,” McGill said. “They’re on fire. They look really good through situations. Their defensive backs look a little more hungry than they were last year. It’s always good seeing them.”

In addition to SMU, McGill visited A&M two weeks ago. He has also been hearing from Texas, TCU and Texas Tech. He says that he has a good relationship with defensive back coaches at Texas A&M and TCU. Right now, his only offers are from SMU and Nevada, but he thinks that one could be coming soon from TCU. 

McGill has been in contact with coaches Jess Loepp, Joe Craddock and Chad Morris. They have already talked about getting McGill back out to SMU. Also, they have talked with McGill about he could fit in to SMU’s defensive scheme. McGill gave his take on it. 

“I feel like I could make plays in the secondary, wherever I go,” he said. “I feel like I could help them out in that aspect.”

The 5-11, 180-pound defensive back was at the Under Armour All-America camp in Cedar Hill two weeks ago. He spoke about what he wanted to prove while he was there. 

“I’m trying to prove that I can cover,” he said. “That I can hang with the best of the best in the DFW area, and ultimately trying to get that Future 50 invite.”

JUCO offensive lineman planning SMU visit

By: Billy Embody

Ventura (Calif.) offensive lineman Maisen Knight will make a trip to SMU as he considers an offer to come in and compete right away to try and shore up SMU's offensive line. Dustin Fry has been in contact and the staff wants the full-qualifier out of high school to consider heading to SMU instead of playing his sophomore season at Ventura.

"I started talking to coach Fry about two weeks ago and then this week he wanted to get me on a visit and they wanted to go ahead and offer," Knight said. "He's definitely a respectable coach with his background and Dallas, Texas is a cool place to go to and it'll be super sweet to check it out and see what SMU is like."

Knight will visit SMU on April 21 when he'll get a look at 

"I just need to compare to other places I've been to and see if it's the right place. I know they need another tackle and they want me to come in and compete right away for a starting spot," Knight said. 

While Fry and Knight have only been in contact for a few weeks, the two are already starting to bond.

"I've liked him for the short period of time. It'll be cool to get to spend a weekend with him and learn and find out how he is as a coach. I have great respect for him. He seems like a good guy."

Nevada is another school that's offered and Washington, Arizona State and New Mexico are showing strong interest along with a few others right now. Nevada is getting a visit from Knight this weekend.

The 6-5, 300-pound offensive tackle would have three years to play two or four years to play three seasons depending on his decision, which will come after spring ball. 

"It's not a forced decision right now to leave, but I think SMU would like me to leave this summer. The visit will help decide that."

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