Wayne Jones (© Greg Powers)

The Pony Stampede Hilltop Review March 17

Come inside the Pony Stampede Hilltop Review for the latest SMU recruiting news.

2018 safety trying to make a trip down to SMU

By: Phil Mayer

2018 Owasso (Ok.) safety Wayne Jones, who has an offer from SMU, ran a 4.70 40-yard dash at The Opening in Frisco, but he is not concerned what he measures in at.

"I'm just trying to show everybody I can cover," Jones said. "I'm not really focused on the tests or anything. I'm just excited to do one-on-ones and show everybody I can cover."

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Jones himself has not been talking to the coaching staff consistently, but his father has been in contact with the coaching staff recently. 

Jones attends the same high school as current SMU point guard Shake Milton, but the two have not really gotten to know each other. Jones is good friends with Milton's sister, but that doesn't sway his interest towards SMU in any way. 

Jones was supposed to drive down for SMU junior day on Saturday, March 4th. But coming down from Oklahoma, with The Opening the next day, it did not work out. He would still like to visit SMU some time soon.

"Most likely sometime in the summer or spring," Jones said. "They may come and visit me at practice. I'm not sure yet." 

Jones has many offers, but Oklahoma State, which has offered him, is currently his favorite school. With that said, he is not ready to stop looking yet.

"OSU is probably my favorite school, but I'm still looking," Jones said. "I'm looking for the perfect fit. I haven't made any top school lists, but right now I'm really liking OSU." 

2019 Mansfield Legacy safety updates recruitment

By: Phil Mayer

SMU was the second school to offer 2019 Mansfield Legacy (Tex.) safety Jalen Catalon, but he has picked up a couple of big offers since. Catalon is still fond of SMU. He visited a few weeks ago, and was impressed by the coaching staff.

“I liked how the coaches had a bond with each other,” Catalon said. “And the way they talk to the players and the prospects there. I like the way they treat them; they treat them like their family. Also it’s just a beautiful campus.”  

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On his visit, Catalon talked to coaches Chad Morris, Van Malone, Claude Mathis and Jess Loepp. He talked to the staff about various topics; Morris told him to keep his options open and consider SMU. Malone explained to Catalon how he could make an impact in SMU’s defensive system.

“He said that I could be one of the best DBs that he’s seen come through there,” Catalon said. “By the way I can make a play on the ball and how I cover the field, I’d be perfect for the way their defense.”

Catalon wants to come back to SMU at some point.

“I might plan one to SMU to go back down there and talk to some of the coaches. Just to kind of check up on them,” Catalon said. 

Catalon currently has offers from SMU, Oklahoma, Duke, Missouri and Clemson, and he considers Clemson his favorite school. 

“Right now, the way I look at Clemson, I’d say it’s top of the list because I see them play really good,” Catalon said. “I see the coaches and the academics and it’s just something I want to be a part of.”

Catalon is planning a visit to TCU some time soon, but other than that he does not expect to take any more visits until next year.  


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