Wimbley Speaks About SMU Commitment

Rishaad Wimbley of Forney High School became the ninth player to verbally commit to the SMU Mustangs on Wednesday morning and PonyStampede.com got the details on the pledge from the 6-foot-0, 255-pound defender, who has uncanny speed for a nose tackle.

Rishaad Wimbley of Forney High School became the ninth player to verbally commit to the SMU Mustangs on Wednesday morning and PonyStampede.com got the details on the pledge from the 6-foot-0, 255-pound defender, who has uncanny speed (4.7 to 4.8) for a nose tackle.

"I called the coaches yesterday and they asked me if I was on board," said Wimbley. "I had talked about SMU with my family before I went to the SMU football camp. I knew heading into the camp that I would likely get an offer, so I had already discussed everything with my family. They're really excited, as are my friends. My friends know how hard I work and they support me."

How does Wimbley feel about becoming a Mustang?

"I'm really excited myself," he said. "It all (the offer and commitment) happened in one conversation. The SMU coaching staff had told my coach right after the camp that they wanted to offer me. Now that I've committed, I got the pressure off my shoulders. I can relax and have fun.

"I'm going to work the rest of the summer on getting ready for the season. I can't do anything about my height -- that I'm 6-foot-0 -- but I'm working to get bigger, stronger, and faster. The SMU coaches are telling me that I'll play nose tackle for them - or possibly even inside linebacker. I know that my game is only going to get better and I just want to contribute to the team at SMU - at either position (DT or LB). I hope to play early."

Forney finished 2009 with a 6-5 record. The Jackrabbits lost to Waxahachie in the first round of the 4A Division I playoffs. The defense, led by Wimbley, held five opponents to single digits (including two shutouts).


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