Flying Under The Radar?

SMU has already locked up one player in the secondary for the 2010 recruiting class, who will be the next? This prospect was on the Hilltop two weeks ago and loved his visit! Who is it? What is he looking for in a school? Come inside PonyStampede.com to find out!

SMU has already locked up one player in the secondary for the 2010 recruiting class, who will be the next? One prospect the Mustangs have their eye on is Plainview's Chance Aven. The lockdown cornerback was on the Hilltop two weeks ago, and loved his time in Dallas.

"My visit was great. I love the atmosphere; they are on the rebuild and on the rise. I really like that. I think a lot of Coach June Jones," stated Aven to PonyStampede.com. "The coaches that I met there seem to like me, but I haven't gotten my highlight tape out yet."

A highlight tape could be all that is holding Aven back from blowing up. Last season, the junior had 75 tackles and 2 interceptions for the Bulldogs. He became known as a shutdown cornerback in the 4A Region I District 4.

"Individually I did pretty well. It was my second year on varsity, so I had some growing pains. I got moved from safety to corner because there are a lot of tall wide receivers in my district," said Aven. "I was taller (6-1, 190 pounds) than most of the corners on the team. I didn't get a lot of action because I was known as a shutdown corner, so it really knocked my tackles down."

Currently Aven (4.5-forty, 270 pound bench) is hearing from schools like SMU, New Mexico State, Iowa State, Louisville, Dartmouth, Penn, and Holy Cross. Even though he was moved to cornerback this past season, schools are looking at the junior as a safety.

"I would describe my game like this. I may not be the athlete on paper, but I'm going to get it done. I'm going to fight all four quarters. I'm going to give you 100%," said Aven. "I like to prepare and watch film a lot. I'm also considered a gym rat. I'm working out all the time."

While he does not hold any offers at this point, Aven knows what he wants in a school at the next level.

I need a place that has a great strength and conditioning program. I want to be strength and conditioning coach when I get out of school. This is a must have for me," said the 2010 prospect. "I talked with Coach Vic Viloria, and from what I can tell SMU's program is great. It was pretty exciting to see. I know he came from a great background learning from Tommy Moffitt at LSU. The guy is a legend. I have read some stuff and I know he is a great strength and conditioning coach."

Aven's plans this summer are to work on his mental toughness. This next season he will also be playing on the offensive side of the football, getting carries as the primary running back for the Bulldogs. He hopes to have his college decision out of the way before his senior year begins.

"I would like to get it done before the season starts, but just getting it done right is the most important thing to me," said Aven. "My favorite school would be Texas Tech right now just because I'm in their background, but then it would go SMU, Iowa State, TCU, New Mexico State, and Missouri."

PonyStampede.com will have more on Chance Aven as it becomes available.


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