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2021 TE Elijah Arroyo 'surprised' but excited about new SMU offer

A rising flex in Texas high school football, Elijah Arroyo added his second offer to what could be a long list soon.

SMU has shown this season that with its passing game, if Shane Buechele finds you open, he's going to get it to you -- whether the target is a wide receiver, running back or tight end. One of Buechele's favorite targets in the last three games has been tight end Kylen Granson, who has eight receiving touchdowns this year.

It's something that's caught the attention of Frisco Independence 2021 Elijah Arroyo, a jumbo receiver who is being recruited to play college ball as a flex tight end. And after Tuesday, if he ultimately chooses, Arroyo could follow Granson's footsteps wearing an SMU uniform.

Arroyo picked up an offer from the Mustangs Tuesday night, his second offer overall. The 6-4, 210-pound athlete now has offers from SMU and UConn.

"It feels great, and I'm excited," said Arroyo, who received the good news from SMU tight ends coach Josh Martin. "I called [Martin], and he talked to me about our game last week and our game this Friday. Then we started talking about family."

From there, things took an interesting, yet unexpected turn. Arroyo was expecting to get off the phone with Martin, but he received some last-second news before ending the call.

"At the end of the conversation, he said we'd like to offer you a full-ride scholarship," Arroyo said of Martin. "I was surprised. I didn't know how to feel."

Arroyo has been a reliable receiving option for Independence the entire season. He has 41 catches for 584 yards and five touchdowns for an Independence team preparing for a UIL Class 5A Division I Region II area-round playoff matchup against Texarkana Texas High on Friday.

Arroyo's play recently has garnered the attention of scouts, as he was offered by UConn last week. He's still very early in his recruiting process but did say he's been to a couple of SMU games already.

"I've been to a couple, and they're really entertaining," he said. "I like how they play, and I like how they use their tight ends."

Arroyo describes himself as a physical player who enjoys blocking just as much as he enjoys catching passes. He added that he's a team player willing to do whatever helps the offense move the chains -- and he's hoping to parlay that into becoming a household name in recruiting soon.

"I enjoy getting my other teammates open," he said. "I just want to do my job every play."