Southern Methodist University wide receiver E.J. Drewery is nearly 1,400 miles away from Atlantic Shores Christian where he earned All-State honors as a high school senior last season.
Yet, despite the distance and beginning his career as a Mustang on and off the field, the freshman is not having any major issues adjusting to this new life.
It has actually been quite the opposite. "I like it," he said of his transition. "I'm really trying to take everything in right now."
Not that this is not different.
At 6-foot-6, 210-pounds, Drewery rarely crossed players of his physical stature in high school. Now it is no surprise for the freshman to see a player his size. "If not bigger," he said.
Drewery said the dry heat of Dallas has been an adjustment as well after living near the Virginia coast before.
That, however, is it. The freshman is enjoying his first classes at the university as well as the seven on seven practices and off season conditioning he is doing with the program. He and his fellow freshmen are watching film to help understand the offense as well.
Yet even that is not causing Drewery to lose sleep. "The only difference is reading coverages," he said while comparing head coach June Jones' playbook to the one he had in high school. "That is actually easier for me."
That was reason to pass up an offer by James Madison to commit to SMU and remain with the Mustangs despite an offer from West Virginia following his commitment.
Now Drewery is excited to be a part of Jones' first class and to have the opportunity to impact the offense with his jump-ball ability—his vertical is greater than 30 inches. "I figured that was the best choice," he said. "(The coaches) said if I want a chance to play at the next level this was the place to play at."
All of this is making the freshman feel very at home with the Mustangs.