SMU offered 2017 Riverside City College (JUCO) Keli'i Montibon last Thursday, after coach Dustin Fry visited him at practice. Montibon enjoyed meeting Fry in person for the first time.
"I just met him but he seems like a cool guy and a great person," Montibon said. "And he's easy to talk to."
SMU has not been recruiting Montibon for very long, so he does not know much about the school just yet.
"I just received the offer last week and I've only been talking to coach Dustin Fry for a little bit." he said. "But what I do know about the school is that June Jones coached there, and I'm from Hawaii. But I just need to do a little more research and learn more about the school."
Montibon is from Hawaii originally, but is currently attending a junior college in California. He has offers from all over the country, and is not tied to playing in place where he is familiar with.
"I'm cool going where it feels like home," Montibon said. "And a place where I'm comfortable at for the next four years."
Montibon thinks that he is at his best in the passing game
"I feel like I'm a better pass protection guy," he said. "I feel like that's one of my strengths. Things that I'd say I need to work on are run blocking and being more explosive."
The 6-4, 285 pound lineman will turn 19 in May. He made the National Central Conference all-conference team in 2016. Among his offers are SMU, Cal, Houston, UNM, Nevada, UCF and Hawaii. He has visited Cal, Utah, Houston and UCLA so far, but he wants to take a few more visits in the near future. He hasn't figured out where he wants to go yet, or when he will take his visits, He has not started to narrow down his list of schools yet, but wants to commit by the end of May.