Picking a school is always one of the toughest decisions a 17-year-old football player has to make. It obviously has to be the right fit or things can head south in a hurry.
After weeks of contemplating making that life-changing decision, Texas High linebacker Anthony Rhone called a family meeting on Thursday night to discuss committing to SMU.
"Me and my parents sat down and talked about my future education wise and playing wise. We talked about how exactly I would like to spend the next four years of my life," Rhone said. "We decided SMU offers a great education and the staff did a really good job recruiting me. SMU is big time."
So Rhone decided to grab his phone and call SMU defensive line coach Bert Hill to make it official.
"He was really excited about me deciding to commit. Coach Hill, Coach (Tom) Mason and Coach (June) Jones all have been really interested in me," Rhone said. "They really want me to come in and make in impact. Coach Hill said I would be a good fit on defense and a great asset to the program."
Rhone had been thinking about puling the trigger ever since he picked up the offer when he was on the Hilltop to watch the spring game in April. It was there where he simply fell in love with SMU.
"I got a chance to meet to the players and the coaching staff, and they all made me feel comfortable," Rhone said. "I got to see the campus and the facilities and everything was really nice. I'm excited to be a part of it now."
Last season, the 6-foot-1, 215-pounder recorded 146 tackles and one interception en route to earning first team all-district honors and feels he can a great fit in SMU's 3-4 defensive scheme.
"They are recruiting me as a linebacker, and they have enough trust in me to make plays," Rhone said. "I'm a very versatile player. I have experience playing outside linebacker, but I've played inside the last two years and I really like it there."
Grambling State and North Texas both came in with offers in the last month, but Rhone is ‘completely solid' to SMU.
"I'm very comfortable with my decision," he said. "I love SMU and the Hilltop. Everyone was really welcoming, and I feel I can be a solid asset."
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