FREE: Crockett Commits to SMU!

FREE: Crockett Commits to SMU!

SMU's latest commitment comes from Navarro College DB Ray Crockett II, who pledged to SMU Wednesday!

SMU feels like the secondary is a position with solid depth, but the staff added a big name to the mix for the 2015 class by adding Navarro College defensive back Ray Crockett II.

Crockett originally signed with Tulsa, but left after his freshman season and enrolled at Navarro. Crockett left on good terms, but just wasn't happy in Oklahoma.

"Basically whenever I was at Tulsa, I was kind of homesick and I'm from Dallas and they recruited me out of high school, it's real local and I've always been a fan of SMU and wanted to be closer to home," Crockett said.

It didn't hurt that SMU had two of his high school teammates there as well.

"I have a lot of mutual relations like my friend Jackson Mitchell and Evan Brown, who both went to Southlake so I had a good feel about it so I went ahead and committed."

Crockett didn't feel comfortable in the defensive scheme and with only having a week after his high school graduation before having to enroll, it just didn't work out.

Crockett will still play for Navarro this season, allowing him to gain even more experience before joining the Hilltop and being a redshirt sophomore for the 2015 season.

"I'm going to be coming to SMU in 2015 so I'm going to play this season and then I graduate in December," Crockett said.

Crockett learned a lot though and improved on some of the knocks on him coming out of high school while at Tulsa.

"At my time at Tulsa, Darnell Walker was the defensive backs coach and he was pretty good," the 6-1, 180 pound corner said. "He taught me a lot of things and during my time there I did feel like I got better and smarter, like knowing what to do in certain situations."

His newfound physicality is what he's really happy about.

"I also feel like I got more physical because I know that was one of my downsides in high school, like they said I had all the athletic ability, but I wasn't physical enough," Crockett said. "So at Tulsa I worked on getting more physical and it worked out pretty well."

As for the SMU coaching staff, they were excited to have Crockett on board and Crockett and head coach June Jones had a good conversation at SMU's recent camp.

"I talked to him at their camp. He showed up right before their camp was going to start and I happened to have a little conversation with him too," Crockett said. "He coached my dad when he was in the league and was just telling me how we're similar except there's certain things you just can't give a person. Like I've got more length than my dad."

Jones told Crockett the staff is really looking forward to having him come in and be a playmaker for Tom Mason's defense.

"He was just talking about how they're ready for me to get down there because they're really looking for a third down cornerback," Crockett said. "They're looking for someone to make the plays to get them off the field.

Crockett does get a little help from his dad, Ray, who won two Super Bowls with the Denver Broncos.

"It's very helpful and sometimes nerve-racking because sometimes I feel like I'm getting stuff even when I don't ask, but it actually helps me a lot," Crockett said. "Just being able to talk to someone who has been in the same situation as you and has done it before, he can really tell you from experience, not what he's read somewhere.

Being an SMU fan his entire life even with his dad going to Baylor, Crockett likes what most everyone does about SMU.

"Really the environment, the campus. The campus is really, I've always been interested in the campus. It's kind of beautiful in a way to me," Crockett said. "The academics there, to graduate with a degree from SMU I'm going to be doing really good things if I follow the right plan."

Crockett has a new attitude on the field with his physicality that he wants SMU fans to look forward to.

"I used to be nonchalant, but now there's more of an aggressive and hungry side of me. I just feel like I got more confident in my game and used my length to my ability and with good technique and footwork," Crockett said. "I like to play man-to-man personally because I feel like if you tell me to guard someone and shut them off I could do that."

Crockett is SMU's seventh commitment for the 2015 class. Crockett was a 2-star coming out of Southlake Carroll high school in 2013.

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