SMU commit dominates in scrimmage

SMU commit Rishaad Wimbley has been busy preparing for the upcoming season. The leader of a defensive-oriented team, Wimbley has the strength of a defensive tackle and the speed of a linebacker. That combination makes him an unblockable force on the high school level, and the Forney offense had no success moving the ball against Wimbley's unit in last week's scrimmage.

Today was a cause for celebration in Forney, as the Jackrabbits concluded two-a-day practices this evening.

"Man, our coach ran us like a track team," laughed Forney defensive tackle Rishaad Wimbley, who is committed to SMU. "We'll be well-conditioned, that's for sure. I'm really happy to be finished (with two-a-days). I couldn't wait. Practice has gone really well - it's just been hot. If you're in good shape, then it's not too bad."

With eight starters returning on defense (compared to five on offense), the Jackrabbits are expected to be strongest on that side of the football.

"Actually, we've looked even better than I expected on defense," said Wimbley. "Our front seven has been way better than I thought.

"We completely shut down the offense in the intrasquad scrimmage Saturday. They didn't score a point. I did great. I ran down a couple of running backs that day."

Using his uncanny 4.7 speed (at 6-foot-0, 255 pounds), Wimbley is able to do things that other defensive tackles can't do.

"The offense ran a reverse in the scrimmage," he said, "and I saw the ball going the other way. I gave chase in pursuit and Lesley Booker, who plays both offense and defense for us, was at running back on that play.

"He tried to chip me with a block and I went past him. I followed the play and tracked down the ballcarrier about 20 yards downfield. I put a big hit on him."

Forney will tangle with Sherman in an upcoming scrimmage.

"They're supposed to have a big prospect (Zach Whitfield) at running back," said Wimbley, "but that doesn't matter to me."

Wimbley, who committed to SMU early this summer, is solid with his pledge to the Mustangs.

"I'm really happy with SMU," he said, "and I will probably be at every home game."

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