SMU came away with one Army Prep commit after the last visit weekend before National Signing Day. And now the Mustangs have three.
Shaun Kagawa, an explosive athlete, committed to the Mustangs on Tuesday morning, joining former Army Prep teammates Anthony Wilkinson and Elijah Anglin, who also pulled the trigger on Tuesday morning.
"I talked it over with my family, and we decided SMU was the best place for me. The biggest part was the education. The Cox School of Business was a big part of my decision," Kagawa said. "The visit went great. We got to campus and checked out the facilities and met some of the players. My favorite part was the basketball game. It was a great experience."
Originally from Hawaii, Kagawa says playing for June Jones is a ‘dream come true.' When Kagawa was growing up, he watched Jones turn around Hawaii and lead the Warriors to the Sugar Bowl.
Now, he hopes to help Jones lead SMU to a BCS bowl.
"Coach Jones used to coach up at Hawaii, and I remember seeing all those great teams so I've been familiar with Coach Jones for a while," Kagawa said. "It's going to be great to be able to say I played for him. He's really laid-back and cool. That's perfect for me."
At 5-foot-11, 200-pounds with 4.46 speed, Kagawa can play everything from cornerback to wide receiver to safety. But SMU wants to utilize his athleticism on the defensive side of the ball.
Kagawa originally committed to Army over offers from Hawaii and Navy. As a senior, he wan an all-state defensive back after recording six interceptions. Kagawa sided with SMU over interest from Arizona, Tulane and Vanderbilt.
"The coaches told me that I would be playing strong safety. They like the way I can come off the blitz, and they think I can really help them there," Kagawa said. "I think the year at prep school made me bigger, faster and stronger. It put me ahead of other incoming freshmen."
"Ty Law was my host, and he gave me some great advice and told me about the rights and wrongs and how to handle football and school. It was something really great, and I can't wait to be part of the team."
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