SMU offered 2018 Foster (Tex.) cornerback Christian Young last week, when coach Van Malone came to visit his school. Young was busy while Malone was there, but he talked to Malone on the phone that night and got the good news. He was thrilled to find out about the offer.
"I've been waiting on the SMU offer," he said. "I was really excited because it was the first Texas school to offer me."
Before SMU offered him, Young was high on SMU because of what he'd heard from his friends.
"A lot of kids in Houston look at SMU," he said. "They say SMU is a pretty good program. Some of them who've been to SMU think they'll have a pretty good season next year."
Young has not visited SMU yet, but hopes to go there soon.
"I have a lot of family living in Dallas so I might have to go up to SMU and take a visit, see how it really is this summer. Official or unofficial," he said.
He has made visits to Texas State, Texas, Florida and Houston so far. This summer he plans on going to Iowa State, Nevada and Baylor, along with SMU.
Malone and Young talked for a long time about why Young and his unique skill set would be a good fit at SMU.
"He was saying how they like tall defensive backs who are aggressive," Young said. "They can use my speed and my length. You really don't see cover 2 corners who are 200 pounds and move as fast as I do,"
Malone also told Young that SMU wants to take advantage of his versatility if Young comes to the Hilltop.
"He said they can use me at nickel," Young said. "If they run a 4-2-5, or a 3-4, they can use me at safety or corner. They just need me as a defensive back. I might not just be a cornerback. They think I'm very versatile. They see me as a playmaker."
After this season, Young will have experience playing all over the defensive backfield.
"We have a lot of seniors leaving that were playing safety and nickel," Young said. "So my coach wants to see me at corner, nickel and safety."
Young doesn't have a list yet, but he plans on making one in the coming months. Right now, the schools that are standing out to him most are Iowa State, Nevada, Arizona, Houston, Louisiana Tech and SMU.
The fact that SMU is in driving distance from Young's home matters to him. While his parents should be able to make it to his games if he attends a school like Iowa State or Nevada, he wants his extended family to come as well.
"It's in Dallas, which is really not that hard of a drive, so my family can come see me play," he said. "I want my grandmother and my cousins to come to my games."
The coaching staff also stands out to Young as a major positive about SMU.
"I like the coaching staff a lot. Because I met the coaching staff a while back, like last summer." Young said. "They seem pretty open. Like I already feel like I'm part of the family talking to Chad Morris. He's a pretty cool guy even though the first time we talked was like yesterday. They also have nice facilities and they're in a great conference."