SMU may have just struck gold down in South Florida.
On Thursday morning, three-star Cypress Bay wide receiver Kadeem Goulbourne pulled the trigger and committed to SMU over offers from big time programs such as Michigan State, Missouri, Ole Miss and Tennessee.
For Goulbourne, it came down to three factors- opportunity, education and stability.
"SMU has the No. 1 offense in the country, and they run four receiver sets. I can come in and get some time right away. I play receiver. Enough said. I want to play in that offense," Goulbourne said. "SMU is a private institution. It's hard to get in, and they offer a great education.
"Coach (June) Jones has been coaching since the 70s. He's a Run N' Shoot guy. Coach (Hal) Mumme is the father of the Air Raid offense. They are two great, older coaches. If I want to make it to the next level, they're guys I want to learn from."
Goulbourne says SMU was on him the hardest since the summer. Both Derrick Odum and Jason Phillips played instrumental roles in his recruitment throughout the last couple of months. But Goulbourne gives credit to the entire SMU coaching staff.
"It says a lot when you talk to the whole coaching staff right before you make your decision. They treated me like a five-star guy from Day 1," Goulbourne said. "Everybody handled themselves accordingly. They were first class. For them to recruit me all the way from Dallas, Texas really means a lot to me."
At 6-foot-3, 190-pounds, Goulbourne will give the Mustangs a much needed big, physical weapon on the outside. With Keenan Holman graduating after this season, Goulbourne will have the opportunity to make an immediate impact.
Goulbourne will make his official visit to SMU on December 14 and enroll in January, which means he can participate in spring ball and start competing for that spot right away. Goulbourne broke his foot in October but is getting the cast off today and will be 100 percent healthy by the time he arrives on campus.
"The coaches told me that I was going to get thrown into the fire. They made it known that they wanted me to play right away," he said. "They said we hope your ready to play. There is going to be no redshirting for me."
"They've never had a guy of my dimensions that can do the things I can do. I feel accountable to go out there and perform right away. I feel like there is already pressure on me."
Goulbourne joins William Jeanlys as the second verbal pledge in the Class of 2014 from the Sunshine State. Goulbourne hopes his commitment will make more players from the area take a harder look at SMU.
"I hope I'm an eye opener for guys down here in South Florida. The rumor is Texas already has the athletes, and guys here can't play with them," Goulbourne said. "I want to prove them wrong."
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