When the SMU students rushed the court following the Mustangs' upset of seventh-ranked Cincinnati, the only group of people in the student section who did not rush the court were the highly touted recruits sitting behind the SMU bench.
But that does not mean that the SMU students' celebration did not leave a lasting impression.
"That was so cool. It's something I'll never forget, when the students ran onto the court," said Matt McQuaid, a four-star junior shooting guard from Duncanville. "Moody has a great atmosphere."
McQuaid sat in the front row, just behind the team managers at the Cincinnati game. It is the third game he has been to this season, and each time he was watched SMU vanquish a top-25 opponent.
It is these types of games that young players like McQuaid dream about.
"Beating a top-ten team at your home court, that's just really awesome," he said. "You imagine stuff like that when you are a kid."
McQuaid did not get to talk to the SMU coaches before or after the game Saturday, but head coach Larry Brown did text the 6-foot-5, 175 pound shooting guard during the day on Sunday.
"Coach Brown just said thanks for coming and that they want me," McQuaid said. "Shawn Williams went to Duncanville, and he said that he thought it would be pretty cool if two Duncanville players came through SMU."
Sitting near McQuaid in the SMU stands was Elijah Thomas, his teammate on Texas Elite. Other current and former teammates of McQuaid's such as Austin Grandstaff are also in the SMU staff's sights for the Class of 2015.
While McQuaid has not talked to the other guys about the possibility of playing together, he does think that the opportunity would be special.
"We haven't talked about that yet. That'd be pretty cool though," McQuaid said. "We grew up playing with each other. That'd be a lot of fun."
McQuaid has received the most attention during his recruitment from Alabama, Stanford, Wichita State, Creighton, Texas and SMU. The sharpshooter, who is averaging 11.3 points per game, is looking for the right fit more than geography when it comes to schools.
"Right now everything is even. I'm just still taking everything in," McQuaid said. "Where I fit in best and what type of offense they run will be the most important thing. The way they use me within their offense, coming off screens, and the way they move the ball and screen the ball.
"I think I'd fit in (at SMU) pretty good because everyone touches the ball on offense and they get their shooters open off screens and curls and fades."
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