O'Guin Talks About His Decision

Regarded as one of the best defensive lineman in the state, Michael O'Guin gave the SMU fan base something to cheer about today. Earlier this afternoon PonyStampede.com caught up the newest Mustang to get his thoughts on his decision. Find out what he had to say inside PonyStampede.com. If you don't have a PonyStampede.com premium membership, you are missing out!

Everybody wants their mom's approval, which is why Van Vleck defensive tackle Michael O'Guin waited until today to pick Mustangs. O'Guin was on campus again Thursday morning and this time with both parents. The trip was one that was worth it. He walked away giving SMU their first 2010 verbal commitment.

"I'm very excited to be going to SMU. I enjoyed my trip today. I was able to see the whole campus and everything around it. I really enjoyed it," stated O'Guin to PonyStampede.com. "I just like the way I felt when I was there. It felt right. They have a great educational program there and their football team is on the rise. I just really wanted to part of it."

O'Guin, a 6-foot-2, 295-pound athlete that runs a 5.0-forty, also had an offer from Kansas State and was receiving interest from Tulsa, Missouri, TCU, and Nebraska.

O'Guin played his sophomore season at Ft. Bend Hightower High School with another SMU commitment Darius Johnson. O'Guin's father Michael Sr. was hired as the head coach and athletic director at Van Vleck High School last season.

"As a parent I'm excited and as a coach I'm really excited. I wanted to make SMU was where he wanted to go. He has been talking about SMU since junior day," said Coach Michael Sr. O'Guin. "He kept talking about and I told him let's set something up in the middle of the week where both your mom and I can take off and go visit together….He was waiting for her approval."

O'Guin's dad is extremely happy for the early commitment. He feels that it will be better for Michel in the long run.

"One of things he will be able to do is be more focused. He won't have the pressure of ‘I have to do this to play at the next level,' so now he can relax and play," said Coach Michael Sr. O'Guin. "It will help him as a player and us as a team. "

Now that his commitment is out of the way, the hard stuff begins. O'Guin will help anchor a team that finished 2-8 in his dad's first year as head coach.

"He has done a good job of playing from whistle to whistle and has improved his strength and leverage. He has developed as more of a pass rusher and his leadership skill have has up quite a bit….I don't give him anything because he is my son, I'm probably harder on his because of it," said Coach O'Guin. "He probably still needs to work on his pass rush some. He also he needs to be more of an explosive player play after play after play. That comes with overall conditioning and just working on your stamina."

As a junior he recorded 71 tackles, 8 sacks, 1 interception, and 2 fumble recoveries. O'Guin plans on majoring in communications or pre-med. We will be tracking his success all throughout the season on PonyStampede.com.

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