It's clear SMU is at least trying to make an imprint at South Oak Cliff.
According to South Oak Cliff recruiting coordinator RJ Bond, SMU wide receivers coach Jason Phillips has been to the local high school to check out 2015 prospects and just last week, an offer was extended to wide receiver J.F. Thomas.
Earlier this season, SMU sent out a game invitation to four-star 2015 safety Jamile Johnson, who made the short trip to the Hilltop to watch the Mustangs take on Temple.
"It was different than I thought it was going to be. It wasn't so much about the crowd, I just didn't get to meet the coaches or anything," Johnson said. "I just got to watch the game and see a little bit of the facilities. That was about it."
Despite the disappointing experience, Johnson says he is still interested in SMU.
"I'm very interested in SMU. Really, I'm interested in any school that shows interest in me," Johnson said. "That's why I made the visit. They just haven't offered me or anything."
Johnson does, however, hold early offers from Arkansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and a few others. Of his offers, Johnson likes Nebraska and Oklahoma early on. But he has two dream schools- LSU and Texas.
If either of those programs were to offer, Johnson would probably commit on the spot.
"Texas has so much history and a lot of their defensive backs make it to the NFL. I also love Coach (Duane) Akina. We have a great relationship," Johnson said. "LSU is a great school. I would love to play in the SEC. It's a school that I've always wanted to go to."
This season, Johnson recorded 72 tackles, 17 pass deflections and two interceptions. He was a major reason why South Oak Cliff finished 11-2 and advanced to the third round of the playoffs.
Johnson, who is already considered one of the state's elite defensive backs, said he expects next year to be even better.
"I felt my season was good, but it could have been better. I feel if we were playing on one accord, we could have won state," Johnson said. "I feel like we can have an even better team next year and win it all. No team has as many athletes as we do."
And that's exactly why SMU needs to live at a school like South Oak Cliff.
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