It seems Jahshawn Johnson is SMU's top target at safety. But if the three-star prospect out of Ennis commits elsewhere, look for SMU to enter the race for Richardson defensive back Noah King.
Last month, King had a notable showing at SMU's summer camp and garnered the attention of the coaching staff.
"I think I did really good. Me, Ronnie (Larue) and Quinlan (Gaines) were locking up receivers out there," King said. "Coach (Tom) Mason said he was impressed with me, which made me feel good. Afterwards, I toured the campus, and I really liked it."
King made a couple of unofficial visits this spring and has developed a strong relationship with Mason, who let him know exactly where he stands during their most recent conversation.
"I talked to Coach Mason a couple of weeks ago. We actually keep in contact often, and he said they were going to follow me through the season because I don't have a lot of game film, which is what most schools are saying," King said. "He said they'll probably decide on an offer after the first three games."
If that offer does come, there is no doubt SMU will be one of his favorites.
"I love that SMU is close to home, and I feel comfortable there. I have a good relationship with Coach Mason" King said. "It's a very prestigious school. I actually think it's one of the top-20 in the country. I like that as well because if football doesn't work out, I can keep advancing though academics."
But SMU will have some stiff competition. Colorado State, Minnesota and Rice also stopped by to see him in the spring and Boise State, Tulsa and Toledo have all shown strong interest. King also recently picked up his first offer.
"It was really surprising when I picked up my first offer from Northern Illinois. I wasn't really expecting it," he said. "They told me I was at the top of their board so that made me feel great. I'm interested in learning more about them."
This summer, King is working hard to make sure his offer list grows. The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder missed most of last season with a broken fibula but is fully healthy and has been training with defensive backs guru Clay Mack.
"It's been great working with Coach Mack. He's taught me a lot," King said after an impressive performance at Sunday's Quick Twitch event. "It was great to come out here with him and put in some work against some top receivers. I'm just going to keep advancing my game."
King Speaks To Mason
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