Rasner has SMU in top two favorites

Over the past few years Southern Methodist University hasn't found itself in many recruiting battles with SEC schools. Waco Reicher's Ross Rasner told PonyStampede.com that SMU and Arkansas are about dead even as his two favorites.

Over the past few years Southern Methodist University hasn't found itself in many recruiting battles with SEC schools.

June Jones has brought a new recruiting philosophy and a staff full of great recruiters to the Hilltop; in return the Mustangs find themselves battling an unfamiliar foe for the services of one of Texas top athletes.

Waco Reicher's Ross Rasner told PonyStampede.com that SMU and Arkansas are about dead even as his two favorites.

"SMU and Arkansas are about even right now," Rasner noted. "They are definitely my top two schools."

Rasner currently holds offers from both schools, along with an official offer sheet from Louisiana Tech.

Rasner, a 6-foot-1, 196-pound athlete that runs a 4.52 forty plays linebacker and running back for his high school team. According to Rasner, several schools are looking at him as a safety, wide receiver or outside linebacker.

"A lot of schools are looking at me at several different positions," Rasner said. "SMU really hasn't said where they want me to play."

Rasner got a chance to visit the Dallas campus in the spring during SMU's Junior Day, the standout athlete left the Hilltop very impressed.

"It's really a great campus," Rasner said. "I like the stadium a lot; I really like the academic reputation. One thing that has SMU so high on my list is the fact that I plan on studying business, they have a great business school."

SMU coach Derrick Odom is recruiting Rasner and has developed a good relationship with Coach Odom and the new staff.

"Coach Odom is very easy to talk to," Rasner said. "I have gotten to know him a lot over the last few weeks. My parents and I got a chance to sit down and visit with Coach Jones for over an hour."

According to Rasner he could make a decision as early as late summer.

"I may wait until July before deciding," Rasner said. "I will take a couple of more visits to SMU and Arkansas before making a final decision."

Rasner may also go to one of the Mustang's summer camps.

Rasner is looking forward to getting to know Coach Jones better this summer.

"He did such a great job at Hawaii," Rasner said. "I'm sure he is going to do the same thing at SMU, I wouldn't mind being a part of that."


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