Bearden, a 5-foot-11, 175 pounder, was the second-leading receiver for the Trojans in 2009. The senior caught 40 passes for 504 yards with five TDs and also rushed for 218 yards on 44 carries with two TDs. PonyStampede.com spoke with Bearden Wednesday night to get the details on both his recruitment and his performance at SMU camp last weekend.
"The SMU coaches told me that they're going to keep an eye on me this year," said Bearden. "We had a player (Randall Joyner) from my school sign with SMU this year and he told me that they're scouting me.
"The camp went really good. I ran back-to-back 4.40's in the 40-yard dash. That was a personal record for me, because my best time before that was a 4.42 that I ran at the beginning of last season. I learned some new routes and plays at the camp."
Bearden played a crucial role in his school's successful 2009 season. The Trojans advanced to the Class 4A Division I quarterfinals before dropping a narrow 28-25 decision to eventual state runner-up Longview. In the second round of the playoffs, Bearden caught three passes (including a season-long 91-yarder) for 105 yards and two TDs vs. Dallas Carter.
"I'm getting interest from SMU, Montana State, ULM, Louisiana Tech, Oklahoma State, Baylor, UTEP, Texas, Wyoming, Sam Houston, and Arkansas," said Bearden. "Montana State and Louisiana Tech said that they'll offer me if I go to their camps. I'm going to camp at Louisiana Tech, but I can't make it all the way up to Montana.
"I'd be interested in attending SMU if I got offered. They would be one of my top choices. When I got to the camp on Sunday, I talked to Coach Reinebold (wide receivers coach) before the camp. The coaches told me that they had been waiting to see me."
Bearden, who runs the 100, the 4 X 100, and the 4 X 200 for the Trojans' track team, has a personal best of 10.69 in the 100.