Earlier this week, SMU hosted Richardson (TX) safety Noah King, who spent the majority of his time observing the defensive backs during Tuesday morning's practice.
"Practice was really laid back, which was different since I'm used to intense practices," King said. "But I was impressed with how Coach (Derrick) Odum pays attention to detail and really teaches his players. I'm all about instincts and smarts so that caught my attention."
As King made his way around Ford Stadium to check out some other parts of practice, he was stopped by SMU head coach June Jones.
"I got to talk to him for a little bit. At first, I was a little afraid because it was the first time I had met with a head coach in person," King said. "But after we shook hands, it was all good. He was really cool, and I was impressed with the fact that he's coached in the NFL. He said they liked me."
SMU defensive coordinator Tom Mason, who has been recruiting King, shared the same sentiments. Mason told King he was very interested and will make the short drive up to Richardson to see him in action later this spring.
"I think I have a good chance of picking up an offer in the next month. Coach Mason is coming to see me and then he'll decide," King said. "He's been really straight forward, and he's a really cool guy. I liked how he treated his players at practice, and he's a guy I would like to play for."
While King says mingling with the coaches was his favorite part of the visit, he also enjoyed getting a more in-depth look at the campus and facilities.
"I saw everything back at junior day, but I got to see everything more up close," the 6-foot-1, 180 pounder said. "The facilities were great especially the locker room. The campus is beautiful, and I can really picture myself there. SMU is also a top school academically so it's a blessing that they're interested in me."
But King isn't the only 2014 prospect from Richardson that's garnering interest from SMU. Running back Kendrick Igbinoba made an unofficial visit a few weeks ago and the two have been working out frequently together.
"Me and Kendrick are always the first ones in the weight room and the last ones out. We haven't talked about going to school together, but it would be pretty sweet," said King, who also has strong interest from ULM. "I've been working a lot on my footwork and hip movement this offseason. I work out with a private trainer twice a week too."
One of the most underrated safeties in the area, Kin broke his fibula in the season opener last year and only played in Richardson's last four games. He currently holds no offers, but he's been turning heads this spring and is confident his recruitment will pick up soon.
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