Next season, SMU will have something any coach would love to have: an experienced group of outside linebackers.
But that also means that in the recruiting class of 2015 they will need to target linebacker prospects.
One player they have talked to recently is Justice Williams, a three-star recruit from Wakeland High School.
Heading into the summer before his senior season, Williams is gaining a lot of attention. He just picked up offers from Indiana and Mississippi State in the last week and already held offers from Illinois, Louisiana Tech, and incoming-American Conference rival Tulsa.
But because it is close to home, Williams is still interested in SMU, even while he waits for an offer.
"It's pretty high right now. I talked to them earlier in the spring but I haven't heard much from them since," Williams said. "They're close to home, I've watched them play since I was younger. I guess I've had an eye on them for a while."
Another reason Williams is interested in SMU is its reputation as a good academic school. He says that getting a "quality education" will be an important factor when he makes his decision after his senior campaign.
Williams last spoke with SMU linebacker coach Eric Daniels a couple of weeks after his visit to SMU junior day.
He also visited for a game in the fall.
"I went to a game this fall and it was nice. They have a really nice stadium and facilities," Williams said. "Everyone was really friendly."
Williams was one of the top tacklers on a Wakefield team that lost in the first round of the UIL playoffs to Poteet.
The junior measures in at 6-foot-4 and weighs 220 pounds. He lines up at both outside linebacker spots and is extremely athletic, especially when going up for a ball against a wide receiver. He has great speed that allow him to make plays, like when he picked up a blocked kick and returned it all the way for a touchdown last season.
He is also versatile. He plays wide receiver in addition to his linebacking duties.
Going into the summer, Williams says he will be working on "getting faster and stronger" so that he is ready to make an impact as freshman.