June Jones picked up his first commitment for the 2009 class Thursday afternoon when Houston Strake Jesuit's James Scott officially announced his decision.
PonyStampede.com confirmed Thursday with Scott's father James Scott Sr. that his son had made his pledge to the Mustangs.
"We are extremely excited," Mr. Scott said. "It's a perfect fit for him both athletically and academically. We have a great support system in place for him in Dallas with family and we are excited that we will get to attend all his games."
Scott, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound athlete who runs a 4.6 forty, plays quarterback and free safety for Jesuit. According to Scott, SMU wants the standout athlete to play free safety.
Scott wasn't the only happy person in his family.
"My dad was more excited about the offer than I was," Scott laughed. "He is proud of me."
Scott likes the fact that SMU is close to home and that he has cousins that live in the Dallas area who can watch him play on Saturdays. Scott received the scholarship offer last week and almost committed to the Mustangs at that time.
"I was so happy," Scott said. "I had a smile on my face all day Tuesday. I couldn't believe it when my high school coach told me. I got the offer from SMU Tuesday, now I know that I will get the opportunity to play college football for sure."
The offer has the Scott family doing a lot of talking and thinking about the new opportunity.
"I have been very close to committing to SMU,' Scott said last week. "It's a private school, a great education and a chance to play football. Those are all things that are very important to me."
Scott has already scored a 1470 on the SAT and currently has a 3.2 G.P.A.