2017 St. Augustine (La.) quarterback Justice McCoy made the drive over to SMU from New Orleans to see some family and check out SMU junior day. The 6-1, 180-pound quarterback ended up walking away with an offer.
"They really said that they were really happy that I showed out and came to the junior day. They were really excited to offer me, especially coach Craddock because he really enjoyed my film," McCoy said. "He really liked the way I played and things like that."
SMU's up-tempo offense is similar to what McCoy runs at St. Augustine and he said the staff likes what he'd bring to SMU's version of the offense.
"They said they run a lot of spread, which is what we run at St. Augustine and feel like I can control the offense and be the leader that they need me to be," McCoy said.
McCoy wanted to check out the SMU facilities and campus after hearing from teammates how nice they are.
"We got to see all of the facilities, a tour of the campus and some of the dorm rooms where we'd be staying freshman year and stuff like that," McCoy said. "They had really great facilities and they told me a lot of great things that I liked about the campus. The thing that the coaches really stressed was the academic standpoint and how they were always going to have tutors and it was mandatory for freshmen to have tutors."
With the SMU coaching staff, McCoy has begun developing a relationship with them over the phone, "here and there" for a good while now.
"We're starting to develop a relationship and he told me that I could possibly start as a freshman because the starting quarterback is going to be a senior and I heard they're trying to move the backup to defense," McCoy said. "It all depends on how I'd progress in camp if I decide to go to the school."
With coach Craddock, McCoy had originally sent Craddock his highlight tape and while McCoy said it took him some time to watch his tape, once he did the two began talking.
"Right when he started, we developed a relationship. It's probably been a month," McCoy said. "I think he's a really good coach. He also helped with the quarterback at Clemson, Deshaun Watson, and I really idolize him as a player."
Chad Morris has been tasked with rebuilding SMU and although McCoy only got to briefly talk with him, he said there's no doubt he'll turn it around.
"He seems like a very good coach and I heard he came over from Clemson. Knowing that they had a successful season like they did, I know he's going to take SMU far," McCoy said.
McCoy has family in Dallas, which is a plus for him along with the city atmosphere, which he enjoys.
"It's actually a nice, big city. I can see myself staying in Dallas. It's a beautiful city and I like being around the city lights."
Colorado State, Lousiana-Monroe and Louisiana-Lafayette have been showing the most interest in McCoy lately. McCoy plans to take a visit to Colorado State and Louisiana-Lafayette, where he also has offers from along with Tulane.
As a junior, McCoy made second-team All-District and partly because of his ability to beat defenses with his arm and legs.
"I feel like I'm not like most other dual-threat quarterbacks. I consider myself a pocket passer that's more mobile," McCoy said.
McCoy doesn't have a decision timeline yet, but said his parents will be huge factors in helping him decide when he does.