Scurry (Texas) Scurry-Rosser three-star athlete Phillip Burley had taken official visits to Kansas and to Missouri and had offers from Arizona, Arizona State and Boston College, but he decided to stay in the state of Texas and play for one of the up-and-coming programs in the Lone Star State.
"I committed to SMU this weekend," Burley, who is 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds, said. "I think I can just fit in the offense really well and play early. It's also convenient for my parents to come see my play every weekend, and I have a brother that already is up there.
"It's close to home and they're turning that program around. Those are the two biggest reasons in my mind."
Burley visited Kansas and Missouri in December and at the time listed both the Tigers and Jayhawks as his leader, but the Mustangs made a strong run late with the efforts of assistant coach Jerry Bennett.
"Coach Bennett is a great guy," Burley said. "You should hear the stories he told."
Burley is a major get for the Ponies and projects on both sides of the ball at receiver or a safety.
"They said I was one of their top athletes on their board," Burley said. "I'm excited about my decision."