With the 2014 class close to being full, SMU might not have room to land a much needed big, physical wide receiver. But 2015 is a different story.
In fact, the Mustangs are getting a jump start on one of the most coveted recruits in the state of Mississippi. On Tuesday night, SMU offered three-star Louisville (MS) wide out Dontae Jones.
"One of my advisors had actually been talking to their coaches and sent them my film. And I guess they liked it," Jones said. "My advisor told me to call Coach (Bert) Hill so I did, and he told me that he knows I have big offers, but if I wanted one from SMU, he was giving it to me. I told him I did, and I was pretty excited."
Jones does hold plenty of other offers. Miami, Ole Miss and Tennessee are just some of the schools that have extended scholarships while Michigan State, Notre Dame and Oregon continue to show strong interest.
But that doesn't mean Jones won't consider SMU.
"I like SMU. I've never seen a team that throws the ball as much as they do, and that's a big thing for me. I want to play in a passing offense," Jones said. "I think I can fit in their system like I do in high school because we pass a lot too. I'm a good route runner, I can be a possession receiver and I have good speed."
At 6-foot-5, 220-pounds, there is no doubt Jones can be an explosive weapon on the outside for the Ponies. This season, Jones has battled injuries but as a sophomore, he recorded 45 catches for 714 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Jones doesn't have a timetable to make a decision, but he does plan to visit SMU in January before he heads to San Antonio for the U.S. Army All-American Combine. Until then, Jones hopes to develop a stronger relationship with Hill and learn more about SMU.
"Coach Hill seemed like a nice guy," Jones said. "He just told me that they would like to have me in the offense and that I would be a good fit. But he spent a lot of time talking about SMU's academics, which I really like. I'm going to do more research on it because I want to go to a good school."
As mentioned, Jones, who maintains a 3.2 GPA, has battled injuries this season, but he is fully healthy now and believes his team can win a state title. Louisville is 13-0 and will face East Side in the third round of the playoffs on Friday.
"Everything is going good now that I'm back from injury. I had seven catches in our last game," he said. "We're undefeated, and our goal is to keep it that way and win state."
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