One of Southern Methodist newest players grew up cheering for the Mustangs.
When it came time for Andrew Ellison of A&M Consolidated High School to make the decision where he would spend his collegiate career, there was only one decision to make.
"It was an easy process for me," Ellison told PonyStampede.com Wednesday. "I have wanted to go to SMU since my sophomore year in high school. I have known for the last couple of years where I wanted to go, when they offered me it was an easy choice."
Ellison has always done well in the classroom, so when the opportunity for him to graduate a semester early and get a head start on his college career, he faced another easy decision.
"Honestly I have always studied too much in high school," Ellison laughed. "I wanted to get a head start on football. Going through a spring season was definitely a big advantage for me."
The prep standout defensive end has also put on a few pounds this past semester.
"When I got to SMU I was weighing 220," Ellison said. "Now I'm weighing 234, I have gained 14 pounds of strength and muscles. This weight program here is a great one; I'm a lot stronger than I was."
Ellison's love for SMU began with his grandfather, who graduated from the Dallas, Texas University, told him stories about his time on the Hilltop.
"I grew up loving SMU," Ellison said. "Hearing all the stories, there is just something special about this campus."
After going through his first spring of collegiate football, Ellison is quick to point out some of the major changes in the game from the high school level to the college level.
"Definitely the speed of the game is a lot different," Ellison noted. "A player's technique work is extensive on the college level. In high school it was pretty simple technique stuff."
Ellison has paid a lot of attention to SMU games the last few years, attending several games last year. The newest Mustang likes the new defensive system.
"I love the new defense, it's a lot better than last year's," Ellison. "This coaching staff is really great. All of the coaches are really good leaders and they are teaching us how to be leaders as well. They really know the game and ahead of the game in a lot of ways."
A new attitude has apparently emerged from spring camp.
"Everyone is so upbeat, we are all working on the same goals," Ellison explained. "We are all here for the same reason, that's to win now."