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Saturday, February 16, 2013
SMU picks up No. 2 for 2014 class

By Damon Sayles

SMU picked up commit No. 2 for the 2014 recruiting class, and he could be the eventual leader of the class -- particularly if he leads like he does with his high school team.

Quarterback Darrell Colbert Jr. (Houston/Lamar) gave the Mustangs his verbal commitment on Sunday after SMU’s junior day. The 6-foot, 175-pound quarterback was offered in January, and SMU happened to be his first offer.

Colbert decided to reward the team that took a chance on him first.

“It feels amazing to know that college is paid for, and my parents don’t have to worry about it,” Colbert said. “Knowing that I’ll get to play for a great program and get a great education, that’s just amazing.”

Colbert went to Saturday’s junior day knowing that he would commit to the Mustangs. Recruited by SMU co-offensive coordinator Jason Phillips, Colbert had strong looks from Missouri and Boise State.

Colbert said the school’s academic reputation played a big part in his decision. He is looking to major in either sports management or business.

“Seeing the academic side was wonderful. I know my parents liked it, and I like it,” Colbert said. “That was the No. 1 thing for me. Football-wise, I feel like I can do real well in the system there.

“Coach [June] Jones is one of the best quarterback coaches in the game. For me, this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Colbert played for a Lamar team that finished 15-1 and lost in the championship game of the Texas Class 5A Division I playoffs. He threw for 2,497 yards and 30 touchdowns and also rushed for 712 yards and nine touchdowns.

Colbert was teammates with defensive end Zelt Minor and cornerback Cedric Lancaster, two 2013s who signed with SMU on Feb. 6. Colbert said he’s looking forward to spending a couple more years with his old teammates.

“That was a big thing to me, having the chance to play with them again,” he said. “They talked to me about SMU, and they were a good influence. I’m looking forward to it.”

Colbert had additional interest from North Texas, Iowa State, Florida Atlantic and Florida International. He joins outside linebacker Lance Cottrell (Plano, Texas/Plano West) in SMU’s 2014 recruiting class.