SMU has signed at least one player from Florida in each of its last three recruiting classes. It set out to continue that trend for the Class of 2015.
One of the Mustangs top targets in the Sunshine State is defensive back Desmond Cain. The junior from American Heritage High has seen his recruitment take off in recent weeks since receiving an SMU offer.
"About two months ago, they called me into my coach's office and offered me a scholarship to play defensive back," Cain said. "I was really excited (about the offer) because more kept coming in."
For Cain, SMU is more than just another offer. It means he has the opportunity to play with Darrion Richardson, his cousin and former American Heritage teammate. Richardson recently talked to Cain to tell him about SMU.
"He tells me he loves it," Cain said of his conversation with Richardson. "It's a great program to be in, so I told him I'll consider SMU. He wouldn't mind having all the American Heritage alumni playing defense."
Cain said that since the SMU offer came in, he has had periodic contact with the coaches.
"It's been periodically checking up, mostly with my coach," Cain said. "They're coming down in the spring."
Cain added that he hopes to visit SMU this summer.
"I'm expecting offers from a couple schools. Tennessee, Florida, and hopefully Penn State come in during the springtime," he said. "I have a great relationship with all those teams. I've been talking to them for about three or four months straight now. Hopefully more will come in and then I'll sit down and think (about a decision)."
American Heritage had a solid 2013 season, according to Cain.
"We finished 7-3 or 8-3, we lost in district. This year, we should make it all the way to state. We're looking really good actually."
Cain had a fantastic statistical season in all three phases. He snared seven interceptions and 15 catches, and had over 1,000 all-purpose yards.