PonyStampede.com learned late Monday night and confirmed Tuesday morning that Alamo Heights defensive tackle Forrest Hagar has committed to the Mustangs. In previous Scout.com articles, Hagar had stated that he wanted to wait to make a decision until after his senior year. It looks like SMU just had too much to offer.
"I talked with my parents about it and I really thought hard about it. I thought this is probably the school with me. I decided I wanted to get it over with," stated Hagar to PonyStampede.com. "I love the coaches and the academics are great. It's in Dallas, so it's really close to my family. That was important to me and nice."
The SMU coaching staff is looking for speed in the 2010 front seven. Recently, Hagar ran a self reported 4.52 forty. Scouts have said that he has tremendous flashes of quickness off the ball. In 2008, he earned 27-4A All-District First Team Defensive Honors after helping lead his team to an 8-4 record.
"They were all really excited about it. I first talked to Coach Hill and then I talked with Coach Stigall. They both said they were really excited about it. I then called Coach June Jones and left a message saying thank you for the scholarship offer," said the junior. "Everyone seemed really excited about it. I then talked with Patrick Fleming and he asked if I had any questions or anything."
Hagar, who seemed to be on the cusp of getting an offer all spring, didn't the good news until after his SMU camp performance in the San Antonio area.
"They weren't sure about me coming into the camp. They had seen film on me, but they hadn't decided if they were going to offer. They told me that my camp performance really sealed the deal for them."