In March, the SMU coaches traveled into uncharted territory on the East Coast when they offered Maryland high school quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Now, the coaches' attention has turned to the West Coast, where they are pursuing Class of 2015 athlete Billy Nelson (Portland, OR/Roosevelt).
Nelson is aware of SMU's interest in him, and he said that he wants to visit.
"They haven't been in contact with me too much, but my coach tells me they are really looking at me," the 6-foot, 190-pounder said. "Me and my mom are trying to work something out for me going down there. I think (it will be) this summer."
Nelson's coach has told him about SMU, and he says he is intrigued by it.
"I think it's a good program, it kind of fits with what I like, football-wise and the academics."
Along with the Mustangs, a multitude of other teams from the West are competing for Nelson's services. Two-way players like him are highly coveted by college teams.
"My coach told me that a lot of schools are looking to offer me, and (SMU is) one of them," Nelson said.
Oregon, Boise State and BYU have been aggressive in their pursuits of Nelson, and a few other schools send him a voluminous amount of letters.
"Indiana University has been sending me a lot of stuff, and a lot of small colleges."
Nelson said that he has a couple schools that he really likes
"I like UCLA and Oregon. With Oregon, I like their offense."
Many two-way players have a specific position they want to play in college, and sometimes players' insistence to play that position turns away some teams. However, Nelson has a different attitude.
"It doesn't matter to me as long as I play, it's whatever they need help with," he said.
Nelson's high school team had a strong 2013 season. The Roughriders had a record of 9-2 and advanced to the second round of the state playoffs.
"I felt that we have done better in the playoffs than we did, we had a couple struggles during the season," Nelson said. "I think I did okay but I have done way better. I think we should work harder and push ourselves hard."
If Nelson continues to push himself and improve, SMU will have a lot of competition in its effort to bring him to the Hilltop.