Printz, a junior at Lassiter High School in Marietta, Georgia, committed to the Mustangs back in September. He visited SMU in the summer during the Badger 7-on-7 tournament, but this was his first time back on campus since. It was his dad Ed's first visit.
"He loved it just like I do," Eddie Printz said. "The fan base threw him off a little bit, but I think it'll keep growing as they keep winning. I'm not worried about it."
SMU had about 20 or so recruits in town for the game this weekend. Ford Stadium holds 32,000 people and a crowd of 22,932 was announced in the press box on Saturday, but it appeared to be less than half full.
Printz said that didn't bother him, though.
"It was fine, I kind of expected that coming in because I had heard things about that," he said. "But the fans that were there were so positive and upbeat that it made it seem like there was a full crowd. There were kids painted up and a lot of support. It just wasn't jam-packed."
Printz could have decided to go to a school with a guaranteed 70,000-plus crowd at every game as he was recruited by Auburn, Florida, South Carolina and Clemson to name a few. But he loves head coach June Jones, quarterbacks coach Dan Morrison and offensive line coach Adrian Klemm and says he feels at home at SMU.
That was reinforced this weekend when he got to spend a little extra time with the coaches, see the locker room, the facilities and take an academic tour around the campus. He said he really liked the business school building.
"The coaches are outstanding and treat their players with a lot of respect," Printz said. "They're really classy. I enjoyed meeting with them and I see the way they're going and I want to be a part of it."
After the game, Printz said he and his dad drove around campus and explored the game day scene.
Printz said he's talked a little with freshman quarterback Conner Preston, who will likely be his main competition once he gets to campus, about playing for SMU.
"He just told me about college life and really got me excited," Printz said.
Asked if the coaches mentioned anything regarding the possible transfer of former starting Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert, Printz said "not really." Asked how he'd feel if Gilbert did transfer, making the quarterback competition tougher, Printz said, "You gotta compete anywhere you go, so I'm not worried about it."
All in all, a successful visit.
"It was a good stay, I'm glad we came," Printz said.
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