Luca Bruno has always dreamed of playing college football for a Texas school, which is why on Friday, he immediately hopped on a plane and took the first flight down to Dallas to see SMU.
"It was a great visit. They showed me a lot. I got to meet a lot of the coaches. I liked the whole aspect of the way they play football," Bruno said. "I liked the weight room and facilities. They showed me around campus, and I thought it was a great place for football and school."
The Oak Park (CA) defensive lineman said his favorite part about the entire trip was meeting his recruiter Bert Hill and head coach June Jones.
"Coach Hill is a cool guy. He critiqued my play a little bit and told me how to get better on things. He seems really interested in me," Bruno said. "June Jones is a cool guy too. He knows his way around football. Meeting him was a big highlight."
Bruno and Hill were able to discuss where he could fit in SMU's 3-4 scheme. The 6-foot-4, 282-pounder plays both defensive end and nose tackle for his high school and could do the same at SMU.
"The thing I liked about SMU's defense is they move kids around. That's what I'm used to doing in high school," Bruno said. "I play both end and tackle. Coach Hill said I would probably start off at a nose tackle and could play d-end too."
But Bruno didn't exactly leave campus with an offer. The three-star prospect wasn't informed that SMU was extending a scholarship until he landed back home.
"It was really weird," Bruno said. "It seemed the coaches weren't too impressed because I guess not all the coaches had seen my tape. I guess Coach Hill was the only one that had seen it.
"After the visit, he called me and told me that two more defensive coaches and June Jones had seen it and were very impressed. He said I got an offer and looked forward to talking to me more. I'm really excited about it because it's the first Texas school to give me an offer."
Now that Bruno does in fact officially hold an SMU offer, he has a new top three.
"After the whole visit, SMU is number two on my list now. They bumped down Oregon State and Arizona is still one," Bruno said. "SMU and Arizona are still fighting with each other right now. I've known the coaches at Arizona for a while now and my parents feel like it has a family atmosphere. The SMU coaches seem a lot like the Arizona coaches so they can move up or stay where they are."
Overall, Bruno said SMU really has a good shot at landing him and that he sincerely enjoyed his time on the Hilltop. In fact, the only thing he didn't like were the trees that are lined up along the boulevard.
"The tree thing was really weird," said Bruno with a laugh. "It was the first southern school I've visited, but it was somewhat better than the schools here in California. It was different, but I kind of like that."
Bruno will wrap up summer visits by seeing Nevada this week and Cal on July 20.
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