2018 Cibolo (Tex.) Steele cornerback JayVeon Cardwell's recruitment has been picking up steam as of late and on Saturday he picked up an SMU offer from defensive coordinator Van Malone. Malone has recruited Steele for a while and
"He said he likes my playing style. He talked to my coaches and teachers about me," the three-star said. "He thinks I'm on outstanding young man and he wanted to make me an offer."
Malone made a good impression on Cardwell and while he doesn't know much about SMU, he was impressed with Malone, who didn't make everything about football.
"He's great. I think he will be a good coach for me to follow and learn from in college," Cardwell said. "He's really encouraging my mom had a bad car accident Friday and he thought of her first."
The 6-foot, 175-pound cornerback hasn't visited SMU yet, but plans to in March to find out a few things along with meeting the coaching staff.
"What the football program is all about and the culture of the campus and how it feels to me and my family being around there," Cardwell said.
Baylor, Texas Tech and UCLA are showing interest in Cardwell while Bowling Green, UTSA, SMU, Tulsa, New Mexico, Texas State, Texas Southern and Vanderbilt have offered the junior. He claims no leader.
"All are about the same right now I talk to most weekly," Cardwell explained.
In addition to SMU, Vanderbilt, Texas Tech, Houston and TCU will get visits this spring and summer from Cardwell.
Cardwell says on the visits, he's looking to get a feel for the campus and how he fits in. He says all the schools coming after him right now feel good to him, but getting on campus is the next step.
"What the football program is all about, the culture of the campus and how it feels to me and my family being around there," Cardwell told Pony Stampede. "The schools after me hard have this stuff. I hope to visit all of them during this next year."
This offseason, Cardwell is focused on getting bigger, faster and stronger and says some of his strengths are man-to-man coverage and being able to diagnose plays early.