SMU commitment Prescott Line has his Oxford (Mich.) High team off to a great start in 2010. The Wildcats opened their season by taking down defending Division 1 state champs Lake Orion 40-21, then rallied for a come-from-behind victory over Southfield-Lathrup in week two.
The 6-0, 215-pound Line was the catalyst for Oxford's week two win, rushing for 230 yards and five touchdowns on offense and tallying 15 tackles, a sack and an interception from his linebacker position on defense. His play brought Oxford back from an 18-point first half deficit, and allowed them to walk away with a 42-18 victory.
"At halftime we knew we had to bring it back," Line said. "It was either pull it together, or lose. At halftime, Coach asked us if we wanted to be champs or if we wanted to be losers."
Another amazing fact about Line's performance is that he competed at such a high level with temperatures on the field easily surpassing 100 degrees. He already looks prepared for the hot summer workout conditions when he arrives in Dallas to start his career as a Mustang.
Excelling at both linebacker and fullback for Oxford, Line could project to either side of the football at SMU, but appears to be headed for offense.
"I think they have settled on running back," he said. "It doesn't matter to me - I like both positions a lot and have the hang of both of them."
Line committed to SMU in the spring, and will join his brother, Zach Line, who rushed for 1,494 yards last year as a sophomore. Having his brother on campus already was only one reason the younger Line wanted to be a Mustang, however.
"I really liked June Jones - he has turned the program around," Line said. "They have a really nice campus. When I went down to watch a couple of my brother's games, the downtown area and all around campus felt really comfortable to me."
With responsibilities to his Oxford team this fall, Line is not sure when he will be able to make a return trip to Dallas to see SMU play, but he will be watching how the Mustangs perform from afar.
"I'd really like to see them build up the run a little more, but they have a really good quarterback and really good receivers," Line said. "The leadership on that team is outstanding."
Line has yet to schedule his official visit to SMU, but expects it will take place in the month of January.