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February 17, 2013When SMU wrapped up their 2013 class on signing day earlier this month, the Mustangs officially added two Houston Lamar prospects. The three-star duo of athlete Cedric Lancaster and Zelt Minor highlighted the class for SMU head coach June Jones.
Little did the public know, Jones and SMU recruiting coach Jason Phillips were just getting warmed up with their efforts at Houston Lamar.
On Saturday, during SMU's junior day, Houston Lamar dual threat quarterback Darrell Colbert committed to the Mustangs on the spot.
"I am happy where I am at with SMU," said Colbert. "I am grateful for the opportunity that I have been given by SMU to play quarterback in college."
[RELATED: WHY COLBERT COMMITTED TO SMU SO EARLY]
The talents of Colbert were recognized by Jones himself, the man behind the famous 'run and shoot' offense, earlier this year when SMU first offered.
"Coach Jones came by with Coach Phillips this semester," said Houston Lamar receiver and quarterback coach Rene Glapion. "We put on Darrel's tape and Coach Jones said that Darrell threw the ball better than anyone he'd seen. If you watch his highlights, you can see in the passes he completes that no one breaks strides, no one is waiting for the ball and no one going to the ground to catch a pass. That's what really stuck out to Coach Jones. In the run and shoot, you look for your play makers to make plays and he put the receivers in the position to do that.
"Darrell's a really intelligent quarterback. He understands the game. He really reads zone coverage well. He's the type of kid that can check a route and not just check it because he wants to but check it because he sees something out there and can explain to you why he does what he does. He's a really smart guy. He understands the game better than a lot of kids his age.
[RELATED: RIVALS ANALYSTS GIVE INSIGHT ON COLBERT]
"He is a guy that can use his legs when the play breaks down but he can also make plays with his arm. June Jones' system is the run and shoot and everybody knows that but to have the ability to make the play when the defensive end is coming off the edge, Darrell can break off and run. He just adds to the explosiveness of the offense that he's going to be in. To add that extra element of him being able to move, it's going to be ridiculous."
Last season, Houston Lamar had an epic season as they finished 15-1 with a loss to Allen in the 5A Division I state championship. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Colbert is a Rivals.com ranked Texas 100 prospect and became SMU's second 2014 commitment, joining Plano West outside linebacker Lance Cottrell.
It should also be noted that SMU has extended offers to offensive lineman Braylon Hyder and wide receiver Shelby Walker, both of whom attended SMU's junior day with Colbert on Saturday.
"Darrell is obviously going to be talking to the other two," said Glapion. "He gets the ball to Shelby and they have a natural relationship. If it's a good fit, those two guys will jump on it. If not, they'll continue to explore their options."
[RELATED: MORE ON SMU'S CONNECTION WITH HOUSTON LAMAR]