Zelt Minor discusses switch to SMU

Houston Lamar’s Zelt Minor and Cedric Lancaster have been teammates since freshman year and friends for just as long. They made a pact some years back that they would play college football together.

On Tuesday, Lancaster, a rising cornerback, committed to SMU. Minor, a three-star defensive end who originally was committed to Houston in June, decided to make the pact true and follow his good friend to Dallas.

Minor decommitted on Houston and gave his verbal pledge to SMU on Wednesday, becoming the Mustangs’ 22nd commitment of the 2013 recruiting class. Recruited by Jason Phillips, Minor became the Mustangs’ third commitment in as many days.

A 6-foot-3, 260-pound defensive end, Minor went the social media route to first announce his decision. He sent a message via Instagram that said, “It’s official. I have decommitted from U of H and committed to SMU,” and posted it on his Twitter account. He later confirmed it to RecruitingNation via phone Wednesday evening.

“It’s an excellent feeling,” Minor said. “I had an opportunity to come and play with a guy who’s like my best friend. I hang out with him almost every weekend. Now, we’re going to play college ball together.”

Minor, who originally chose Houston over offers from Florida Atlantic, UTSA and McNeese State, was a first-team all-district selection last season. He’s helped Lamar to a 7-0 start, and he anchors the line on a defense that hasn’t allowed more than 15 points in a game this season.

Minor wasn’t shy to admit that playing with Lancaster was the main reason why he made the switch.

“It [Lancaster’s decision] had a lot of influence from the start,” Minor said. “We had made a bond. We were waiting on someone who would offer us both, but it never happened. U of H was supposed to offer, but it never happened. All of a sudden, SMU offered him, and there it went.”

An excited Lancaster said he is looking forward to putting on the same uniform as his good friend. He was even more excited that their goal of being college teammates would be fulfilled.

“When he committed to Houston, I thought I’d get an offer from them,” Lancaster said, “but SMU was always a top college for us, so it was like a blessing. He found out about my commitment, and he was asking me about it. After that, he said he would talk to his parent about it all.

“Now, I get to play with him. I’m excited to go on to the next level with him.”