When June Jones held his annual signing day press conference earlier this month, he stressed the importance of SMU's move to the Big East and the impact it would have on recruiting in Florida.
Sunshine State defensive backs Ty Law and Darrion Richardson were both part of the 2013 class and Jones hopes to add Bayside linebacker Greg Miclisse, who picked up an offer last week, to this year's class.
"Coach (Jason) Phillips called me and told me about the offer. It was a great conversation because he told me all about SMU," Miclisse said. "He told me that they are a team on the rise and that I could play early."
Landing Miclisse will be a tough battle for the Ponies. The 6-foot-1, 235-pounder holds over 10 offers from schools such as Nebraska, South Carolina and Tennessee. But when Philips mentioned playing as a true freshman, he was immediately intrigued.
"Early playing time is really important to me," he said. "I was glad Coach Phillips said I would have the opportunity to play as a freshman. I've been working a lot on my quickness and speed and I think I can start right away."
As far as that conference move, Miclisse says he was impressed when he found out SMU was moving to the Big East because of its current BCS status and the fact that he would get to play against schools close to home if he were to become a Mustang.
"SMU definitely interests me because they are going to be in the Big East. I think they can do well there and I'm looking to play in front of my family," he said. "I've always liked SMU, but I have to do my homework on them. Even though I have offers from bigger schools, I'm interested in any school that's interested in me."
Miclisse was invited to SMU's junior day but opted to go to LSU, where he added another offer to his already impressive list. But Miclisse said he does hope to make it to SMU's second junior day in April.
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