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Ponies offer interesting first FBS offer to future quarterback

Ponies offer interesting first FBS offer to future quarterback

DALLAS — At first glance, an offer from the SMU Mustangs to a 2028 quarterback could be seen in some circles as a headline-grabbing gimmick. Don’t be so quick to make early assumptions when you start to dig a little deeper.

Quarterback Knox Kiffin was in town for Ponies camp Thursday and apparently got people’s attention about the future. They made an offer to Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin’s son Friday night, his first to an FBS school. FCS Mississippi College had offered him earlier.

Apparently, quarterbacks coach D’Eriq King and coach Rhett Lashlee talked about what they saw and made the offer to the Class of 2028 quarterback. According to reports from the folks at Oxford who observed it, don’t be so quick to think it’s for public relations reasons. He could become a very good quarterback. He’s 5-10, 170 pounds right now, but he’s only a ninth grader and changes will come over four years.

Although it’s nearly impossible to project four more seasons of high school football, he plays for Oxford High School, which is at the highest level of high school football in Mississippi and has a winning tradition. In addition, he rubs shoulders with an SEC team on a daily basis and benefits from personalized coaching from his father, known for developing very good college quarterbacks.

SMU holds football camps to find hidden gems and just bringing Kiffin to camp is a sign of respect. We won’t know for some time how much interest his side has generated, but being on the frontline means he’s going to be on the far radar at the moment. This will probably continue for a few years.

The Mustangs will open the regular season against Nevada on August 24 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.