There has been cases of lack of communication from the SMU coaching staff with prospects that the staff has offered, but 3-star Pleasanton Foothill HS (Calif.) quarterback Kyle Kearns has shown that the staff can do a great job of keeping in contact and getting a prospect interested.
Kearns recently visited SMU in April and the visit was a product of the staff pushing him to come out after an offer was earned.
"I got to talk with coach June Jones and build a relationship with the coaching staff and it was one of those things where I really wanted to go visit the campus and get to see what they were telling me," Kearns said.
With Derrick Odum recruiting Kearns' area and Jones and quarterback coach Dan Morrison keeping in contact on a weekly basis, Kearns came out to Dallas wanting to soak in the city, eat some barbeque and see where he could be spending the next four years at.
Jones watched Kearns' film and once he saw it, Kearns said there was no doubt Jones wanted to offer the signal caller.
"They watched my film. He compared me to Jeff George and said Jeff George is the best quarterback he's ever coached and once he watched my film he said we need to offer this kid," Kearns said.
Aside from taking in Dallas and the barbeque, Kearns also went to the JFK Memorial and headed out to watch SMU practice.
"We got to go to practice at 7 a.m., go watch them practice, tour the facilities and I got to sit down with the dean of the Business school," Kearns said. "I got to learn from the academic standpoint of what they have in place for their players and the tutoring support.
For Kearns, academics and comfort are the key to where he wants to go to school and his viists have made it clear what type of school he wants to attend.
"I've been fortunate enough to experience multiple other schools that don't have the same academic prowess as SMU and I don't like it to be quite frank," Kearns said. "If I'm going to college I want to make the most out of it."
The bigger schools out there in more traditional college towns don't seem to be a fit for Kearns.
"After I got to take my visits to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, I got to see a complete 180 from a city like San Francisco, the Bay Area and Silicon Valley. To go to Stillwater, Oklahoma was a complete change of pace," the 6-3, 185-pound quarterback said. "It's something like I didn't feel I could fit in at so when I went to Dallas, I felt like there'd be something for me to do and I could see myself living there."
What really impressed Kearns was Morrison's ability to connect with the quarterbacks and the care he took with each and every player. It's something Garrett Gilbert made clear to him via text after the visit was that the quarterbacks are a family.
"You can just tell the quarterbacks are all supportive of each other and coach Morrison has them as a brotherhood," Kearns said. "He treats every quarterback the way every quarterback wants to be treated with respect. He puts a lot of responsibility on the quarterbacks."
Kearns is targeting a late June or early July decision for him depending on how the spring evaluation periods go, but he has his criteria set and SMU is at the top right now.
"SMU fits so it's just a matter of seeing what else happens during the spring and what other doors open for me," Kearns said. "It's a great situation to be in with a great school like SMU. I'm the only quarterback that they've offered and they really want me so it's tough to tell with all these colleges throwing offers out left and right to guys."
After passing for over 2,400 yards, 19 touchdowns and completing 65 percent of his passes, there have been plenty of schools like Ole Miss, Kentucky, Wake Forest, Colorado and Cal coming out to visit, but for now it just seems like there isn't great interest from the schools.
Kearns sounded extremely comfortable with SMU and said that if it's the only school that offers, he believes he's in an incredible spot to succeed in the future.