Since former UCLA running backs coach Steve Broussard was hired to take over the same position at SMU, the former NFL running back has spent some of his time recruiting Southern California because of his connections there.
Broussard has also has wasted no time recruiting at some of the top-notch high schools in the area.
One of the perennial powerhouses in California is Long Beach Poly, which has produced numerous NFL players such as Mercedes Lewis and DeSean Jackson.
While 2015 cornerback Colin Samuel started off his high school career at Bishop Alemany (CA), he transferred after his sophomore season to play for the Jack Rabbits where he has made a name for himself.
At 6-foot-2, Samuel takes advantage of his height and length all he can.
"It's a huge advantage," Samuel said. "We play press at our high school and with my long arms I can jam players off the line which gives me a huge advantage come game time."
Samuel hasn't had a chance to meet his recruiter Broussard, but he was fascinated by the way Broussard got in touch with him.
"I didn't really have a relationship with the coaches, but they hit me up on twitter and two days later they offered me," Samuel said.
Despite just a few phone conversations with Broussard, Samuel hopes to build a relationship with his recruiter so he can become more familiar with the school itself.
Samuel's grandmother lives in the Dallas area, so while he doesn't know much about SMU right now, he hopes to learn more about the school and take a visit in the future.
Because it's still early in the process for Samuel, he has no rankings, or even an early favorite, for the schools that have offered him so far.
But Like most high school rising seniors, Samuel is focused on one thing heading into his last high school season: winning a state title.