SMU is due some good news, after 1-11 season June Jones and his coaching staff is relying on recruiting to help turn the tide of losing on the Hilltop.
One need area for the Mustangs is at the defensive tackle position; PonyStampede.com learned today that one of SMU's pledges is on his way to Dallas next month.
According to Navarro Junior College head coach Nick Bobeck defensive tackle Marquis Frazier has done the necessary work to make it to SMU in January.
"I'm really proud of Marquis," Coach Bobeck said. "He had many opportunities to get distracted with not being able to play this season. Instead he stayed focused on playing D1 football."
Coach Bobeck describes Frazier, the 6-foot4, 285-pound athlete as an explosive versatile athlete who can play defensive end or defensive tackle at the next level.
"He so physically gifted," Coach Bobeck said. "His motor always runs, he is an explosive lineman, he definitely can be a difference maker for SMU."
Frazier missed this season for Coach Bobeck after having problems with his knee after his surgery this past spring. Navarro went 10-1 on the year, the Bulldogs was the No. 1 ranked team throughout most of the season.
"We had a great year," Coach Bobeck said. "We missed him a lot because of what type player he is, we had several of our young players stepped up and play well."
According to Bobeck SMU is getting a great young man.
"Marquis is a great young man," Bobeck said. "He is of high character; he stayed focused on his academics and never swayed from his goals to make it to the next level."
Bobeck feels that Frazier will be ready to go once he arrives at SMU in the spring.
"He has been off his knee for a long time," Bobeck said. "I expect him to be a 100 percent for spring drills at SMU."
According to Bobeck, several schools have come on strong in the last couple of weeks; Frazier has stayed very committed to the Mustangs.
"Michigan State, Louisville, and Utah have shown him a lot of interest lately," Bobeck said. "He has stayed very committed to SMU. He has a girlfriend on the SMU basketball team that transferred there from Missouri, I'm confident he is going to be a Mustang."
Frazier will have three years to play three seasons for the Mustangs.