SMU hosted 13 recruits, six commits and seven who are still undecided, this weekend. It was a crucial few days for the Mustangs.
Gabriel Marks, a four-star commit from Venice Senior High in Los Angeles, Calif., said that Jones was around most of the weekend and went to all the recruiting dinners.
Asked about his thoughts on the possibility of Jones leaving SMU, Marks said, "Wherever he goes, we're gonna go, too…And it's not because of anything about [SMU], coach Jones is just who we came to play for."
The Mustangs have six verbal commitments from athletes from California, one of which they just received this weekend from three-star wide receiver Chris Harper of Crespi High School (Encino, Calif.).
Jones is from Portland, Ore. and coached at Hawaii for nine years and it's widely known that he wants to eventually get back to the West Coast.
Marks said that Jones had a strong presence throughout the weekend, despite Jones reportedly having met with ASU officials in Dallas on Saturday.
"We saw him a lot," Marks said.
Marks said he had a great weekend at SMU. Even though he's been a solid verbal since July, Marks said he headed into his official visit still looking to make sure SMU was the right place for him.
"I wanted to make sure we all got along," Marks said of his fellow recruits and current SMU players. "And we do."
Most of the recruits got into town Friday afternoon. They ate dinner with their hosts (current SMU players) and the coaches and then went out with the players. Saturday, they hung around campus all day and checked out the facilities, according to Marks.
"It was a great weekend," Marks said. "Great to see the coaches again."
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