With defensive tackles drying up in the 2010 recruiting class, it appears that the Mustangs will focus on the position heavily in 2011. One player they might have their sights on is Tivy's Brian Sherman. The junior recently checked out SMU this past weekend as the Mustangs took on Tulane.
"I thought the campus was awesome. It was really my first visit anywhere during the recruiting process. I thought the stadium was really nice. To go down on the field before the game and to get a chance to see the weight room, I thought it was really cool," stated the 2011 prospect to PonyStampede.com "They looked pretty good. It's a great school academically, but they looked good on the football field as well."
At 6'2, 245 pounds, Sherman has notched 65 tackles and five sacks this season for the Antlers. Tivy is currently 8-4, and still alive in the Texas 4A playoffs. They will look to extend their four game winning streak this Friday night against Calhoun.
Currently Sherman is seeing most interest come his way from smaller schools, with SMU being the biggest.
"Right now I'm getting mail from Chicago University, Ohio, and a whole bunch of other smaller schools," said Sherman. "I'm probably going to be hitting some combines and camps this year to get my name out there. My dad has always stressed to me to go to a place with good academics. I want something to do after football. I'm looking at business and SMU has a really good business program."
When asked what he would tell a college coach if they thought he was a little undersized for defensive tackle, he responded, "I would tell him that I work every single play and I don't stop. If you look around, you can find smaller players at the my position. Now that I'm in the playoffs, I'm not one of the biggest guys around. I really have done a good job keeping low and using my speed. I think I have pretty quick feet."
When Sherman's season comes to an end, the junior will be looking on improving upper body strength (270 bench) and working on his foot quickness (5.0-forty).
PonyStampede.com will check in with Sherman later this summer to see how the combine/camp season went.