Montes commits to SMU on official visit

California cornerback Ajee Montes quickly fell in love with SMU's campus and football facilities on his official visit this weekend and committed to the Mustangs, giving them their fifth defensive back of the 2012 recruiting class.

SMU snagged a fifth defensive back for its 2012 recruiting class this weekend in Ajee Montes, who was on the Hilltop for his official visit.

He said he loved the campus, the facilities, the stadium, and it didn't take him long to decide he needed to become a Mustang, as he had his epiphany of sorts early on Saturday.

"The moment I stepped on the field, I had that moment where I thought I could see myself playing there the next few years," Montes said.

Montes, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound cornerback from Bishop Amat High School (La Puente, Calif.), was originally recruited by Adrian Klemm, but after he left for UCLA, secondary coach Derrick Odum took over.

"Odum is a good guy and I like him a lot, which is a good thing because he's the one who will be making the decisions [as far as playing time]," Montes said. "He said I could come in early and make an impact."

Odum was the only coach Montes had met before the weekend, but said he had the chance to talk to defensive coordinator Tom Mason quite a bit ("I like him a lot, too," Montes said.), and of course, June Jones.

Montes met with Jones on Sunday morning to tell him he was officially committing.

"He goes, ‘Oh, I already knew you were coming here,'" Montes said of Jones' response. "And we just started laughing."

Besides being impressed by the facilities, Montes enjoyed getting to know his fellow recruits over the weekend, like Ty Law, A.J. Justice and Jarvis Pruitt.

"We got along great, which is another reason why I felt like I could commit," he said.

Montes also had offers from New Mexico and Eastern Washington, but said he felt "more at home" at SMU.

"I wanted to come out here [on my visit] and feel like I could be here for the next four years," he said.

And he accomplished that goal over the weekend.

Montes is anxious for Wednesday's National Signing Day and even more excited to get his workout packet in the mail later in the week from SMU.

"I'm going to work out hard in the offseason and come [to SMU] in the summer, learn everything and hopefully be playing [come fall]," he said.

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