Monday, January 14, 2013
DE Minor talks Washington State visit
By Sam Khan Jr.
Houston Lamar defensive end Zelt Minor's official visit to Washington State over the weekend provided the senior prospect with a relatively new experience.
And it was one he enjoyed.
"It was one of the first times for me seeing snow," Minor said. "It got down to 13 [degrees], and it was snowing everywhere. It was snowing the whole weekend."
He said he handled it just fine.
"There wasn't a bunch of wind, so I was able to deal with it," the three-star prospect said. "I was good."
Minor, an SMU commitment and the nation's 65th-ranked defensive end, is getting plenty of late attention after a stellar senior season. The 6-foot-3, 260-pound Minor was one of the best defensive players in the Houston area, becoming a finalist for the Touchdown Club of Houston's Defensive Player of the Year Award. He also was one of the biggest reasons his team made it all the way to the Texas Class 5A Division I championship game.
Originally a Houston commitment, Minor flipped to SMU on Oct. 24. Since then, he has picked up offers from Utah, Washington State and most recently, Texas Tech.
As the interest heats up, Minor is contemplating his future with just a few weeks remaining until national signing day. But his visit to Washington State was a positive experience and offered him the chance to see a lot of things.
"I looked around at some of the facilities that they're building now and the ones they currently have," Minor said. "I got to see the school, the academics and what they had to offer, and I looked at some of the majors that they have, different things like that."
He also got to speak with recruiting and operations assistant Jarrail Jackson while on the trip. Jackson, like Minor, has Houston roots, having graduated from Houston Yates High School.
"He understands everything that goes down and how the recruiting process goes. He kept it very blunt with me," Minor said. "That's the kind of person I like. Don't beat around the bush, don't sell me stories or tell me lies. Just be straightforward with me. He's that type of person, where he was just telling me straight up. I know a lot of coaches tell you what you want to hear. The things that he told me about going to Washington, I experienced with my own eyes."
He said the coaches didn't pressure him to flip his commitment but instead wanted him to have a chance to see and experience the campus for himself.
"The campus was beautiful," Minor said. "The weekend was a great experience. We don't have too many things that Washington has down here."
As for SMU, Minor's official visit there is scheduled for Jan. 25. Texas Tech could make an in-home visit to Minor before the end of this week, and he said he's considering setting up an official visit there once he talks with the coaches face-to-face.
"Texas Tech offered me last week," Minor said. "It was crazy. I know things about Texas Tech, and I know that's a good football program too."
It's all a lot to take in for Minor, who is mulling all options heading into these final weeks. He said the fact that SMU has been committed to him plays a role, but it's a decision that's all his own. When could a decision come on whether to stay with SMU or flip to another school?
"I honestly don't know," Minor said. "I couldn't give you an answer, just to be straight up. SMU has been with me for the longest, I know that. At the end, it's my decision. It's no one else's. It's a decision I'll have to deal with three, four or maybe even five years in college."