It didn’t take much for Spring running back Xavier Jones to commit to SMU once he got to campus for his official visit.
“When I got here I already had a good feeling that this was the place for me. I have family real close and got along with the coaching staff real well,” Jones said. “When I got here, they just showed me a lot of love and I really had a great bond with coach Mathis and Morris and Craddock.”
Jones spoke with Pony Stampede while running backs coach Claude Mathis was helping him check out of the hotel and spoke about the great relationship the two have.
“It was a great bond with me and coach Mathis. We talked a lot and I got to know him a lot more,” Jones said. “We just really connected easily.”
Jones’ new head coach, Chad Morris, also made a great impression on Jones.
“I’m very excited to play for coach Morris. He’s a great dude, great guy. We talked and it wasn’t even about football,” the 5-11, 180-pound running back said. “We just had good conversation and he didn’t force anything.”
The recruits and staff caught SMU’s win over UCF last night and enjoyed the total experience at Moody Coliseum.
“It’s a great atmosphere. It was my first time really getting to watch SMU, a great basketball team and a great win last night.”
Jones is excited to arrive at SMU and begin meeting his new teammates and getting acclimated.
“I’m most excited about meeting the new players and group of friends and being able to play the game I love,” Jones said. “I just think it’s a great opportunity. I’m ready to see the pretty girls of course and the academics of course. I’m just ready.”
Offensive coordinator Joe Craddock and the rest of the staff expect Jones to be an impact player right away for the Mustangs.
“They recruited me to come play. I’ll come here and learn the offense and work hard and I should be on the field early,” Jones said. “They expect to use me in a big way so I’m excited.”
As for the big game today, Jones has the Seattle Seahawks repeating as world champions.
“I got the Seahawks. They just play with a lot of swagger so it’s going to be hard to beat Seattle. The defense is great, but you can’t knock Brady,” Jones said. “I think at the end, the Seahawks are going to pull it out. I just want to see a good game.”
With the recruiting process over for Jones, it was a big relief for him to have everything in place.
“It’s a big relief. I feel like he moved me to the right direction and everything fell in place perfectly. I’m excited and ready to get up there and play.”
Jones is the second running back to commit to Chad Morris and SMU after Braeden West committed this week.