One of the first things that June Jones did when he arrived on the Hilltop was to make the Dallas metroplex a priority in his recruiting at Southern Methodist University.
It appears to be working, over 250 area and local prospects attended the Mustangs first Junior Day and spring game under Jones, many coming away impressed with what SMU had to offer.
Mesquite's Darnell Taylor attended the Mustang's Junior Day and left feeling very comfortable with his surroundings.
"It was great," Taylor said. "It' felt like home. I like SMU a lot."
Taylor and his twin brother Darius got a chance to meet the new coaching staff and Coach Jones.
"He is a great guy," Taylor said. "Very easy to talk to, that was the second junior day I went to, I also went to the one at Rice. I love both schools."
Darnell is a 5-foot-11, 175-pound free safety, while his twin Darius is 6-foot-0, 225-pound middle linebacker.
"Darius has always eat a lot more than me," Darnell laughed. "I am hoping that we get to play at the next level together, a lot of the schools are recruiting both of us."
Darnell made over 55 tackles and had one interception, earning himself first time All-District honors.
Currently both Taylors have no offers.
"Tulsa, SMU and North Texas are really recruiting us a lot," Taylor noted. "We want to play D1 football and we want to get a quality education, that's important."
Taylor took the SAT three weeks ago and currently has a 3.5 G.P.A.