SMU turns to JC speed for help at corner
Deyon McElroy
Deyon McElroy
Staff Writer PonyStampede.com
Posted May 17, 2008


Chalk up another top Hawaii prospect turned Mustang. Deyon McElroy, a cornerback from Chaffey College in California, will be one best athletes in the 2008 SMU class.

Chalk up another top Hawaii prospect turned Mustang. Deyon McElroy, a cornerback from Chaffey College in California, will be one best athletes in the 2008 SMU class.

“I don’t get beat deep…period,” McElroy told Scout back in January. It is very true. The 6’0, 180 pound corner has recently run a 4.32 forty and will be one of the fastest Mustangs next year.

After allowing opponents to complete a conference high 301.1 yards a game through the air. There is no question that SMU needs to improve its pass coverage. One quick way to do so is by bringing in junior college help.

After attending Rialto High School in California, McElroy headed to Chaffey because he had not taken the SAT. There, he turned into one of the best junior college cornerbacks in America earning All-Conference honors. Last season, the second year starter had six interceptions, forty tackles, and twenty pass breakups. He also returned a blocked extra point 94 yards for a two-point conversion.

After receiving an offer from Hawaii and Wyoming, McElroy decided to choose SMU. “First I was going to go to Hawaii. Then when Coach Jones and the staff went to SMU they started recruiting me there,” told McElroy to PonyStampede.com on Thursday night. “Coach Jones really cares about people. Usually they are pressuring you to come there. He wanted to help me get somewhere even if wasn’t to SMU. His staff wasn’t like any other recruiters.”

For McElroy the thought of going to SMU before Hawaii was a little weird. “First I’m going to a team that was 13-0 then to SMU that was 1-11…..I think though we will be real good next year. I was impressed with both sides of the ball during the spring.”

For McElroy playing next year is very strong possibility. “Of course everyone wants to come in and play right away. I’m honestly just looking forward to the competition,” said McElroy.

McElroy would like to major in communications and will have three years to play two.



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