January 30, 2008

Aledo receiver bound for The Hilltop

Cole Loftin said it's his dream to go and catch passes in an offense that throws the ball all over the field. On Sunday, the Aledo wide receiver changed his commitment to SMU, hoping to catch everything new Mustangs coach June Jones can throw to him over the coming years.

Loftin originally gave Utah a commitment back in October. He took his official visit to Utah two weeks ago. SMU's coaching change, and its proximity to the Fort Worth suburb, led to him to change his route in mid-play.

"I've always liked SMU," Loftin said. "I went there last weekend on an unofficial visit and really liked their campus, their coaching staff, and Dallas. The campus is compact, and there's a lot to do there. It's just a better place for me."

The 6-0, 175-pound receiver, a two-star player according to Rivals' ratings, figures to be a slot receiver in the offense Jones will bring to SMU.

"Coach Jones was very laid back when I met him," Loftin said. "When you talk football with him, it's so obvious he knows so much and is a genius on offense."

Loftin said he watched Hawaii's offense play in the Sugar Bowl against Georgia, and was attracted by the offensive style and the statistics he saw the Warriors post. He said SMU's coaches didn't mention whether he might redshirt his freshman season or not, but it wouldn't be a big deal if he did although he'd like to contribute immediately.

"Hopefully, [I'll be] a guy that's going to go out there and work hard and be a guy that's going to make a couple of plays and catch some passes," he said.

Loftin, who reports to have a 3.9 GPA, said his commitment to SMU is solid with less than a week before signing day.

"I wish (the recruiting process) was over today," he said. "I'm ready to get started."

Aside from Utah, Loftin drew interest from TCU, Colorado State, Houston and Stanford.

Dan Sorensen of UteZone.com contributed to this story.

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