Guyer head coach John Walsh is familiar with the wholesale coaching changes that have recently taken place on the SMU football staff with several Texas high school football coaches joining on under new head coach Chad Morris.
Morris made his name coaching high school football in Texas before eventually becoming the offensive coordinator at Clemson and most recently the Mustangs’ new coach, hired to breathe new life into a struggling program.
Now, Walsh said, he is excited to see one of his own players play college football in the area and help bring the Mustangs back to prominence as senior wide receiver Alex Honey committed to SMU late Sunday evening.
“Coach Morris has been one of the hot names out there in the coaching world when any job came open, so getting him in Dallas is going to be great for the program,” Walsh said. “It’s going to be fun getting one of my guys in there and watching not just the maturation of Alex but of the whole program.”
Honey chose the Mustangs over offers from Air Force, Louisiana-Monroe, Texas State, Northwestern State and North Texas.
Oral commitments are non-binding. The first day a Class of 2015 recruit can sign a national letter of intent is Feb. 4.
The 6-4, 195-pound Honey finished the year with 41 catches — second on the team to Adam Scott’s 42 — but led the team with 980 yards and 14 touchdowns while averaging an eye-popping 23.9 yards per reception.
Walsh added that he wouldn’t be surprised if Honey steps on the field early during his freshman season and makes an immediate impact for what will be a young program with an up-tempo offense under Morris.
“I really think he could play right away and contribute,” Walsh said. “It’s just because of his work ethic and his confidence. He’s still a young guy, too. His upside is huge. As many wide receivers as they’re going to play and the tempo they play with, I think he’ll find the field pretty quick. A lot of tall guys are stiff and play too tall, and he’s past that point. He comes out of breaks and almost plays like a smaller guy in that regard and college coaches noticed that.”
Look for more in Tuesday’s edition of the DRC due to the late news on Sunday.