SMU earns commitment from state title-winning defensive end

After a defensive-heavy 2016 signing class, SMU’s 2017 recruiting class started with commitments from four offensive players.

SMU landed its first defensive player in the class when Toby Nduwke, a defensive end from Richmond (Texas) George Ranch High School, announced his commitment Sunday night. Both and rate him as a three-star prospect. He will play weak-side defensive end and chose SMU over offers from Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Louisiana-Monroe and North Texas.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Ndukwe won a state title with George Ranch in 2015. He was named the Defensive MVP of the Class 5A Division II title game. He tallied 7 tackles, 3 tackles for loss and 2 sacks in the game. One of his teammates was defensive back Mikial Onu, who signed with SMU in February.

Nudkwe is the fifth member of SMU’s 2017 recruiting class. He joins quarterback Will McBride, wide receiver Tyquez Hampton, tight end Cade Brewer and offensive tackle Alan Ali in the class.

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