When it comes to the Run N' Shoot offense, it's no secret June Jones loves to recruit prototypical pocket passers to play in it despite the fact that none have truly panned out on the Hilltop.
What is supposed to be an explosive and prolific offense has instead been marred by inconsistent play at the quarterback position and at times has been downright awful. But Jones may have something new up his sleeve.
Towards the end of last year, it seems the stubborn 59-year-old finally started to realize that football is an ever changing game when he called specific plays that utilized Garrett Gilbert's legs and limited his mistakes.
Has the success of NFL dual-threat quarterbacks such as Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson had any affect on his thought process? Who knows. But it appears the Run N' Shoot will feature a lot more of the former in the near future.
After all, the big kahuna himself dropped a clue late last week when he personally extended an offer to 2014 Houston Lamar quarterback Darrell Colbert, who used both his arm and legs to compile over 3,000 yards of total offense and 40 touchdowns en route to leading the Redskins to a state championship appearance.
"Coach Jones said he saw my highlight tape and liked it a lot. I was amazed when he gave me the offer and I'm blessed to have it," Colbert said. "It didn't hit me until today that I have the opportunity to play Division I football. I'm excited that they took a chance on me.
"What I really liked was Coach Jones said he was recruiting me as a quarterback. They throw the ball a lot and I feel I would be a great fit because I can bring another dimension to the offense with my legs."
It's not often Jones personally extends offers but when he does, it seems to excite kids- as it should. Being a head coach means more than just calling plays. Part of the job description is becoming the face of the program.
If Jones is truly committed to being at SMU for the long haul then he must continue to personally make these in-home andin-school visits and put more effort into recruiting.
His nonchalant attitude and overall demeanor creates the perception that Jones thinks he's some kind of deity. But he's not. He's a mere mortal with an obligation to make an effort to attract top talent like Colbert to his program by selling a school he embraces.
He may never ditch the leis or wear socks and that's fine, but he needs to show the Mustang faithful that he bleeds red and blue. And most importantly, top-tier recruits need to know who they're committing to and what he stands for.
Offering Colbert in person is a step in the right direction. The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder hopes to build a relationship with Jones and it would serve him well to do so because Colbert, who has interest from Missouri, Houston and FIU, is bound to pick up many more offers by this time next year.
"They came off as great guys. I met Coach (Jason) Phillips when he was down at UH. He's checked in on me we have a really good relationship and I hope I can have a great relationship with Coach Jones as well," he said. "I know a little bit about SMU and Cedric Lancaster and Zelt Minor have told me that they like it. One of my dad's friends, Jerry Ball, played for SMU, and he's told me a little bit about it as well."
Colbert says he would like to attend SMU junior day, which is slated for February 16. SMU usually holds the event much later and after most big-time schools hold their second round of junior days.
These signs of improved recruiting efforts and altering the offense should make even the most pessimistic Pony fan hopeful about the future.
As for Colbert, he's more determined than ever to help Houston Lamar win the state title after falling short last month and is hard already hard at work in the weight room and out on the field.
"It does give me a little bit more motivation. We can never be satisfied," Colbert said. "We are going to work hard this offseason."
Jones should do the same on the trail. If he continues to be satisfied with 6-6 and prospect with no offers, SMU will always be one year away.
June Jones Offers Dual-Threat QB
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