2017 Frisco (Tex.) Lone Star quarterback Jason Shelley talked at The Opening Regional in Dallas this past weekend about his visit to SMU in February, which was another great time with the SMU coaches.
"It was cool. I saw a lot of people up there and always enjoy seeing the coaches," Shelley said. "They just said enjoy the process and don't just look for the football program. Look for the education and the environment. It's four years and for the rest of your life so it's a big decision."
The Scout four-star quarterback hears from Jess Loepp and Joe Craddock the most, who are building a relationship. Chad Morris talked with Shelley briefly towards the end. Overall, the coaches talk about anything with Shelley while the nutrition staff SMU has made a big impression.
"They just talk and it's all pretty random. We talk about anything. The way they play the spread is similar to the way we play at my school so they bring that up too," Shelley said. "The coaches and the health staff (made a big impression). They care about you and talk to you a lot, which is really nice."
Following the visit, SMU remains in the lead for Shelley's commitment and a big part of that is his relationship with the staff.
"It keeps them where they are. I'm still looking around. It's nice that they talk to me a lot. That means a lot," Shelley said. "I would say so (that they're at the top) because I have the biggest relationship with them. I like them a lot and my family likes them a lot, but we're still keeping our eyes open."
Virginia is right behind SMU and has been keeping up regularly, but other than that, not many other schools have been keeping up too much. Oklahoma State and Arizona State have been sending mail so Shelley will take junior day visits there this spring too.
Shelley is leaning towards cutting his list by beginning of his senior year and make a decision towards the end of his season.
The past couple weeks, Shelley battled the flu so he didn't test at The Opening, but did compete for an invite to the Elite 11, which he's dreamed about since sixth grade. He didn't pick up an invite yesterday, but did have some takeaways from the camp.
"I like it. You can just compare against the best of the best and prove that you're the best of the best. The best goes against the best, which brings out the best," Shelley said. "Getting your feet set and having a base. Your lower half is everything and if you don't have that, it'll mess up everything."