Jones main reason Huahulu picked SMU

Everyone doesn't like to be coached the same way. Often when high school prospects are looking for their new home for the next four years they try to find a college coach who they can relate to and that they feel they can trust. Servite California's Evan Huahulu found the perfect coach in his search for a college home.

Everyone doesn't like to be coached the same way.

Often when high school prospects are looking for their new home for the next four years they try to find a college coach who they can relate to and that they feel they can trust.

Servite California's Evan Huahulu found the perfect coach in his search for a college home. Huahulu, who was looking for a coach with a laid back demeanor, signed with new Southern Methodist University Coach June Jones. The standout defensive tackle admitted that he had watched Jones for sometime before making his final decision.

"I have been watching Coach Jones for a long time while he was coaching at Hawaii," Huahulu said. "I have always wanted to play for him, growing up I spent a lot of time on the Islands."

Huahulu has never been one to like a very vocal coach; Jones' laid back approach was very appealing to him.

"I don't like coaches that yell all the time and get in your face, that doesn't motivate me very well," Huahulu admitted. "I love the way he teaches you the game. It's so impressive the way he turned around things at Hawaii, it's only a matter of when not if he does the same thing at SMU."

Huahulu, a 6-foot-2, 290-pound defensive tackle that runs a 5.1 forty, had over 20 tackles and 4 sacks last fall for his high school team.

Once Jones took the job at SMU, it became an easy choice for the native California resident.

"SMU is so beautiful," Huahulu said. "It so much better than anything we have out here in California."

Huahulu's parents must also agree with his assessment of Texas and SMU, they will be moving to the Dallas area to be close to their son.

"It will be great having them close by," Huahulu said. "They will get to go to all my games and a lot of my practices."

Getting to Dallas wasn't as easy as many might think. Huahulu first sent his highlight tape to Hawaii in hopes of playing for Jones there. Once the coaching staff left to go to Dallas, Evan's tape made the trip to Texas as well.

"They called me and invited me for an official visit," Huahulu said. "I was so excited when that call arrived."

Huahulu also had an offer from Utah State, but the opportunity to be coached by Jones and staff was too much to pass up.

"They offered me while I was on my official visit, I accepted on the spot," Huahulu remembers. "I love it there; I can't wait to get moved there for good."

Huahulu will enroll June 29th; in the meantime he has been working out, insuring that he is in the best shape of his life when he arrives on the Hilltop.


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