Sports: Mustangs announce 2010 recruits on National Signing Day

SMU Signing Day 2010On the heels of its bowl-winning 2009 season, Mustang football has announced the signing of 26 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent Feb. 3. The 2010 incoming class has 16 three-star recruits, surpassing the number of such recruits in the 2007 (4), 2008 (4) and 2009 (7) classes combined. Two signees are junior college transfers, and 24 are high school student-athletes; 18 are from Texas, while 8 are out-of-state recruits. Read more.

Meanwhile, women’s soccer has announced that 5 student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to join SMU’s class of 2010. The group includes 2 of the top 100 recruits nationally and 3 regionally ranked recruits. Three players have trained with U.S. National Teams at various levels, and 4 have Olympic Development Program experience at the regional level or higher. Read more.

In other recruiting news, midfielder Dane Saintus was selected 54th in the 2010 Major League Soccer SuperDraft by FC Dallas. Saintus was the team’s 4th-round selection. He rejoins former SMU coach Schellas Hyndman and becomes the 4th SMU player on the squad; midfielders Daniel Hernandez and Bruno Guarda and defender Ugo Ihemelu all attended SMU. Saintus was named First Team All-Conference USA in 2009 after registering 8 goals and 5 assists on the season. He concludes his SMU career with 14 goals and 15 assists in 69 total games. Read more.

Two former Mustang men’s soccer players were named to College Soccer News‘ Team of the Decade in January: forward Luchi Gonzalez to the first team and midfielder Diego Walsh to the second team. Gonzalez is SMU’s only recipient of the Hermann Trophy, winning the award honoring NCAA Division I’s top male soccer player in 2001 after scoring 21 goals and 12 assists in 22 games. Walsh was a two-time first-team All-America selection, in 2001 and 2002. Both were members of SMU’s 2000 College Cup team. Read more.

Hot Links: Coaches in the spotlight, Players of the Week

Bruno GuardaHead Coach Phil Bennett talks football at the next Lunch with the Coach at noon Sept. 24 (UTEP Week) in the Hall of Champions, third floor, Loyd All-Sports Center. The cost is $12 for Mustang Club members, $20 for nonmembers. RSVP to Hayley Shalley, 8-2582. Read more.

The Friends of SMU Soccer present the 3rd annual Schellas Hyndman Golf Extravaganza Sept. 24 at Hackberry Country Club in Irving. Register online or call 8-4084 for more information.

Junior placekicker Thomas Morstead has been named the Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance during SMU’s victory over North Texas Sept. 8. Morstead punted five times for 278 yards, giving him a 55.6 yard punting average, the fourth-highest single-game average in SMU history. He also had a career-long 72-yard punt, which ties for the 10th-longest at SMU. Read more.

Junior midfielder and captain Bruno Guarda (right) has been named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week in men’s soccer. Guarda scored a goal and was credited with an assist in the No. 8 Mustangs’ 5-1 defeat of No. 3 Virginia Sept. 7 in the first round of the SMU Mi Cocina Classic. Guarda also was named Tournament MVP. Read more.