SMU has been close to landing a commitment in the 2015 class for nearly a week, but it didn't come from Crisitian Williams. Instead, it came from Little Cyprus-Mauriceville (Tex.) offensive lineman Marvis Brown III.
"I really liked the school and the offensive line coach (Wes Suan)," Brown said. "He's one of the only ones I was really interested in and the way he talked to me and talked me into going to the school he made me feel wanted."
Brown came away impressed from Suan's visit to his school recently and from the conversation they had. Suan liked Brown's film, but it was his intangibles that set him apart Brown said.
"He told me he liked my film, liked my character and the way I carried myself," Brown said. "My character, attitude and discipline put it over the top and he had no choice but to offer me."
Brown was originally going to wait until the end of the summer and before football season to commit, but his dad, Marvis Sr. said they couldn't pass up a chance to bring SMU back to greatness.
"He's young. He doesn't really know the history of it when SMU was on top of it back in the 80s when they had Eric Dickerson and some of the best players in the game," Brown Sr. said. "My oldest son went to Missouri and when he got there they were ranked #100 and when he left there they were ranked six or seven and actually got to number one before they lost to Oklahoma."
Marvis Brown III said that's exactly what he told Suan when he committed.
"I want to go and win and bring the program up," Brown said. "They used to be really good, but the program went down and now they're on their way up since June Jones got there."
Suan told the youngest Brown that he has a bright future and is excited to work with him, but Brown III also got advice on what's important to focus on as a lineman.
"The important parts of being an offensive lineman," Brown III said. "Punching when you pass block, being physical when run blocking and footwork and leverage and stuff like that."
Ultimately Brown wanted to be wanted and that's how Suan made him feel.
"I wanted to go somewhere where I feel wanted and he made me feel that way."
Brown wants SMU fans to know they're getting a player who's going to give it his all every play.
"A leader, somebody that's not going to take plays off. I play aggressively with good pad level, footwork and I use my hands well," Brown said. "I'm balanced on both passing and run blocking, but I can't show I'm that good of a pass blocker because we don't pass much."
Marvis says he's a better pass blocker, but just hasn't been able to show it. At 6-5, 330 pounds, Marvis is a massive guard prospect and could get some other offers.
Don't expect Brown to change his commitment. He wouldn't say he's 100 percent done, but Brown III is very happy with going to SMU.
"I'm still going to go to camps and stuff, but I'm not for sure on that yet, but I do want to go to SMU I know that," Brown said.
Brown III expects to play guard or center at the next level and he and Suan are going to talk more about it when he visits in June. Regardless, Brown Sr. said his son could be special considering his natural size.
"With Marvin, you haven't even scratched the surface with him because he's just so massive. He's 330 pounds now and I'm doing everything I can to keep him in shape," Brown Sr. said. "He's playing basketball and he's got great footwork for a kid that size to be 17 and not filled out yet."
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