SMU really focused on adding beef up front in the Class of 2014. In fact, the Mustangs now have five verbal commitments from offensive lineman, the latest coming from Frisco Lone Star tackle Nick Natour.
Despite earning first team all district honors as both a sophomore and junior, the 6-foot-5, 285-pounder flew under everybody's radar. Almost everybody, that is. New Mexico extended a scholarship, and SMU followed with an offer of its own. With an opportunity to play college football close to home, Natour immediately committed to the Mustangs.
"I actually committed to SMU three weeks ago. I had a personal connection because Tommy Poynter, one of the graduate assistants, coached me in high school," Natour said. "It was between me and another guy, but they picked me. Once Coach (Wes) Suan offered me, I committed. He told me he really liked me and was excited to have me."
Natour says he has been to almost every SMU home game this season and has developed a strong relationship with the coaching staff including with head coach June Jones.
"I've met Coach Jones in person when I've been on campus. He's a very patient coach and someone I think I would enjoy playing for. He wears those Hawaiian shirts and has a great attitude. When I talked to him, he made SMU feel like home," Natour said. "He's someone I want to play for and spend the next four years with. Coach Suan is also a really cool guy, and someone I would love to learn from."
Natour has plenty of experience playing guard but will likely be a tackle on the Hilltop. While he is a solid run blocker (42 pancakes and a 93 percent grade last season), Natour believes his biggest strength is his pass blocking ability, making SMU a match made in heaven.
This season, Natour helped Frisco Lone Star have its best season in school history. The Rangers are 8-4 and advanced to the regional semifinals after a big 35-0 win over Princeton on Friday.
"My senior season is going great so far. We've gone three rounds deep, which is like a dream come true. It's what our coaches have been telling us about, and it's what I've been thirsty for during these last four years," Natour said. "I feel like I've improved a lot this season, and I can help SMU in the pass game when I get there. I can be a really good fit at tackle for them"
Even if other offers come in late, don't expect Natour to look elsewhere.
"SMU is my dream school. I love it. The offense is great, and all the fans seem to be really into the games. It's not like Texas or Oklahoma, but SMU has the whole Dallas community behind it," Natour said. "My verbal is completely solid. I just need those papers so I can sign."