Two of their best prospects in years are leading the way, providing fireworks both on the field and recruiting trail.
Before Garland High's game with their crosstown rival of Lakeview Centennial even kicked off, fans inside Garland Williams Stadium were given a show as SMU's "TempoCopter" carrying head coach Sonny Dykes and assistant head coach Ra'Shaad Samples landed in a nearby field during pre-game activities.
The reason for the grand entrance was simple: Dykes and Samples wanted everyone to know that they were in the building to watch their two prize 2022 commits: S Chace Biddle (6'0, 190) and WR Jordan Hudson (6'1, 180).
It's safe to say their efforts didn't go unnoticed.
"That meant the world just seeing them pull up in the helicopter with the 'SMU' on it. It made me smile a lot. I know it made me and my homeboy, Jordan, really happy," Biddle told reporters.
All signs of Biddle's recruitment point to him being solid with SMU as he enters the later portions of his recruitment cycle.
He did have plans to take an official visit to Missouri when the Tigers played Tennessee last weekend—noting that secondary coach Aaron Fletcher has been the point of contact between him and the Tigers. H
However, according to our friend Billy Embody with SMU247, it appears Biddle made a last-second change to his plans and instead visited SMU during their homecoming festivities against South Florida. A huge recruiting win for the Mustangs as they look to close out the 2022 cycle.
Biddle's teammate Jordan Hudson also had some recent news in connection to his recruitment. Originally an Oklahoma commit, Hudson would eventually part ways with the Sooners, believing he would flip to Texas soon after.
Instead, the Garland standout receiver committed to the red hot #PonyUpDallas movement with SMU. Despite that, Texas has been looming in the background and in the last two weeks it became known that Hudson had scheduled a visit to Austin for the October 16th game when the Longhorns host Oklahoma State.
But, it sounds like Hudson has changed his plans just like his teammate. When asked what he was looking for in a visit to Texas and what his current thoughts were on the Longhorns he told DCTF the following:
"Honestly, I might not even go anymore. You're the first person I've told that," Hudson told DCTF. He further added, "I mean they (Texas) are putting up big points, I like that. But SMU is my home. I made a good decision."
According to our friend Mike Roach at Horns247 it appears there is truth to Hudson's words. Any plans between the Garland product and Texas coaching staff have been canceled for now.
SMU moved briskly to put out any potential fires in connection to Biddle and Hudson. Those efforts, including pulling out the "TempoCopter" will go a long way as the Hilltop program takes its next steps in growth.
The Mustangs aren't just getting middle-tier recruits anymore but are now getting pledges from full-on phenoms. Closing out strong with the two highly rated Garland prospects ensures good momentum toward that trajectory.
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