The last time Tay Evans was on the Hilltop, he helped lead his Allen team past DeSoto in the 5A Division I state semifinals.
Just a few weeks ago, he returned to SMU and took in junior day.
"My tour was definitely my most favorite part of the visit because I got to see a bunch of things I didn't see when I played there," Evans said. "The facilities were really nice and the campus was nice and small."
The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder also enjoyed his 1-on-1 time with SMU defensive coordinator Tom Mason. Evans hadn't heard from Mason since he made an in-school visit last month so the 2014 prospect had a lot of his questions answered.
"He's a great guy and a great coach," Evans said. "He told me everything I needed to know and told me he was very excited about me attending. I also went with Christian Sam and our friend from Skyline Victor Evans, and Coach Mason said we could all make an immediate impact at SMU."
SMU was the first school to offer Evans, whose stock has been on the rise ever since, and that means a lot to him.
"I really like SMU especially since they offered first. I like how they run NFL style practices and the coaches really teach you," he said. "But I'm still weighing my options."
Those other options include Boise State as well Rice and San Diego State, which both offered last week. But a school Evans really loves is Texas. He attended the Longhorns' first junior day earlier this month and hopes to pick up an offer.
"I had a blast at Texas. I would think about committing if they offered," Evans said. "Rice and San Diego State came out of nowhere. Rice is a good school and they need linebackers. I don't really know anything about San Diego State right now."
Evans says he hopes to make a decision at the end of spring and plans to attend Rice junior day next month.
Evans Enjoys SMU Junior Day
Pony Stampede Top Stories
Three Up Three Down: SMU vs. TCUPatrick picks three ups and three downs from SMU's 33-3 loss vs. TCU on Friday night at Ford Stadium.
Pony StampedeFriday at 9:00 PM
Rapid Reaction: SMU vs. TCUSMU lost to TCU 33-3 on Friday night at Ford Stadium to drop to 2-2 on the season.
Pony StampedeFriday at 2:29 PM
FREE Pony Stampede Hilltop Review: Sept. 23Come inside this free edition of the Pony Stampede Hilltop Review with the latest on SMU commits and visitors from last week's win over Liberty.
Pony StampedeFriday at 6:00 AM
Commitment Impact: Everett RaySMU landed its second 2017 commitment Thursday with forward Everett Ray’s pledge. PonyStampede breaks down his decision.
Pony StampedeThursday at 6:00 AM