Earlier in the week, Coach Morrison was in California, watching SMU offeree Conner Preston throw at his spring practices. On Thursday, Morrison was back in the DFW area, watching L.D. Bell gun-slinger James Mauro.
The 6'6, 222 pound junior has had an extensive list of schools come through this spring to evaluate him including: Wake Forest, Duke, Iowa State, Tulsa, Minnesota, CSU, Western Kentucky, Harvard, SD State, Utah, North Texas, Arizona State, UTEP, New Mexico and Texas AM.
"James and the offense had a good day as Coach Morrison looked on for the full two hours this afternoon," said Greg Mauro, James father in a Facebook message to PonyStampede.com. "Morrison told the Bell coaches that James reminded him alot of Kyle Padron. He said he really enjoyed watching James sling the ball around and that he was gonna send him an email today."
The interest is understandable. Even though his passing statistics (105 for 208, 1361 yards, 11 TDs, four interceptions) were not as high as other recruits, something that can be attributed to the balanced run/ pass attack, he has the prototypical form which makes offensive coordinators excited.
Mauro will attend a SMU camp this summer in hopes that he can continue to impress the coaching staff. We will have another update in just a few weeks.