Jonathan McGill understands the value of face time.
The 2019 Coppell (Tex.) safety knows that SMU is looking at him as an athlete, so he has been working his relationships with both offensive coordinator Joe Craddock and defensive backs coach Jess Loepp.
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, McGill called Craddock and asked if he could make a quick visit to the Hilltop.
“He said I should come up, so I went up with my friend Wiley Green from Prestonwood,” McGill said. “I talked with coach Loepp—just trying to build a stronger relationship. He showed me some cool stuff with the team, and we looked at some film. I’m just trying to see what SMU is trying to build.”
It was McGill’s fourth visit to SMU and this time around, his number one goal was to strengthen his relationship with Loepp and really understand what the coach was looking for out of his defensive backs.
“I really got to break down what he is looking for in a safety and what you have to do to get on the field and play for him,” McGill said. “I want to make an impact as a freshman. He told me , that you have to be a play maker to make it on the field and that I have that aspect—I just have to keep working and aiming to be the best I can be.”
After offering the 5-11, 180 pound safety back in December, the Mustangs remain McGill’s only offer.
“SMU is very high on my list,” he said. “They are my only offer right now, but I have been interested in SMU since last year when I first met them. They are a great coaching staff, they have great facilities and it seems like a great place to be.”
That SMU is in the heart of Dallas is also a big selling point—for both McGill and his parents.
“My parents always tell me, ‘try not to go too far,’” he said. “They want me within driving distance so they can see every game.”
McGill doesn’t have any visits planned at the moment, but he has been in contact with Oklahoma State, UTSA, and TCU. He plans a decision could come right before his senior season at the earliest.