SMU has some traction in East Texas with second-year coach Chad Morris and a track record of utilizing local prospects early in their careers.

What could junior Arp safety DeMarvion Overshown be doing for the Mustangs in two or three seasons? That's now a valid question as SMU presented the prospect a third overall NCAA Division I FBS scholarship opportunity Monday.

Overshown (6-4, 196) reported his offer from the Mustangs program directly to

SMU has some familiarity with Arp and somewhat of a game plan to land the safety. Its decision to recruit Overshown follows the pattern of landing Kevin Johnson from Waskom in its 2015 class and then going back to Waskom for athlete Chan Amie the next recruiting cycle.

At Arp, the Mustangs anticipate running back Kayce Medlock following through on his longtime commitment on signing day. That opens the door for Medlock to do some of the heavy lifting for Overshown, just like Johnson did for Amie.

Overshown, who holds other offers from Texas and UTSA, completed his junior campaign Friday in a one-point, Class 3A Division II state semifinal round loss to Boling.

The safety recorded three interceptions, one fumble recovery and more than 160 tackles in 14 games. He also caught four passes for 121 yards as a receiver.

SMU is a likely candidate for a bowl game next season on the heels of a 5-7 finish with no postseason game this year.

The most recent campaign was a three-win improvement compared to Morris' first team and a four-win improvement versus the 2014 team controlled by former head coach June Jones and interim Glen Mason.

The past two Mustangs teams have been more and more dominated by players Morris' own staff acquired, and the oldest of those will be juniors in 2017.

Furthermore, SMU has ceased its trend of scheduling one or more historically significant opponents per season from a group of Baylor, Texas A&M and Texas Tech in favor of three winnable non-conference games before facing chief rival TCU and diving into American Athletic Conference competition.

Overshown, like all junior-year prospects, will become eligible to sign with any school that offers him in February of 2018.

2018 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers

  • Tre Allison, John Tyler, LB, 6-0, 200 — offer from Mississippi State (1)
  • Dekalen Goodson, John Tyler, DL, 6-0, 215 — offer from Mississippi State (1)
  • Chasen Hines, Marshall, OL, 6-2, 326 — offers from Baylor, Minnesota, North Texas, TCU (4)
  • Demarvion Overshown, Arp, ATH, 6-4, 196 —offers from SMU, Texas, UTSA (3)