Loftin excited about playing WR at SMU

Cole Loftin

Wide receivers are very important in the scheme of things for the June Jones offense. Cole Loftin played quarterback at Aledo High School, now he will get a chance to play a different position at the college level.

Wide receivers are very important in the scheme of things for the June Jones offense.

Several of the state's top athletes that played several positions at the prep level are now being looked at to help give the Mustangs extra depth at several of the wide out positions.

Cole Loftin played quarterback at Aledo High School, now he will get a chance to play a different position at the college level.

"They want me to play slot receiver," Loftin told PonyStampede.com Monday night. "SMU is a really good situation for me to go into."

Loftin, a 6-foot-0, 185-pound athlete that runs a 4.5 forty, rushed for over 1,600 yards and passed for over 1,300 at the quarterback position. The talented athlete had committed to Utah for over a month before he decided to make the switch and stay closer to home.

"I was excited when I heard Coach Jones got hired, I love the offense that he runs," Loftin said. "I wasn't sure they were going to offer me, when they did, I knew it was too good to pass up."

After receiving the offer Loftin took a visit to SMU and fell in love with the campus and new coaching staff.

"When I went for a visit I fell in love with it," Loftin said. "It was a lot different than I thought it would be. I really like the stadium a lot."

Loftin got a chance to take in a few of the Mustang's practices this spring and was impressed with the new coaching staff and his future teammates.

"They made me feel part of the family," Loftin said. "I really enjoyed getting to know the coaches and some of the players."

Visiting the campus and getting to meet his future teammates gave Loftin the realization of what lies ahead.

"It has started to set in that I'm now an SMU Mustang," Loftin said. "I couldn't be happier. To be honest I haven't given Utah a second thought, I knew I made the right decision when I chose SMU."

Loftin is now spending all of his time concentrating on getting ready for football on the Hilltop this fall.

"All I'm doing is working out and trying to be in the best shape of my life," Loftin said. "I will enroll for the second summer session on June 29th. I have been thinking about the upcoming season a lot, I'm really excited about it."

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