New Southern Methodist University head coach June Jones has already made a recruiting splash by picking up ten commitments before the month of July.
He may be able to make an even bigger splash if he can lure Mesquite cornerback Marcus Trice to Dallas for the next four years.
Trice, who is jumping on radars after an outstanding performance at the UnderArmour/Scout.com combine, told PonyStampede.com Monday afternoon that he has eleven offers, including one from SMU.
With all this sudden attention, the 5-9, 175 senior has not totally decided on a top five list. "There are a couple of schools that are starting to stand out though," he said.
Trice, who notched 60 tackles and fourteen pass breakups last year, is a special recruit because he has the ability to play wide receiver in addition to his regular duties as cornerback. The two-way player said Arizona , Iowa , Tulsa , UTEP and Vanderbilt have all offered him to play both positions while Troy has offered him to play wide receiver.
Trice does not seem to care what position he plays at the next level as long as he continues to have the ball in his hands on fourth downs.
"I know, no matter what, I want to play special teams," he said. That is no surprise considering he used his 4.5 speed to average nearly 20 yards per punt return while returning one for six.
Trice said he has talked to SMU and Wisconsin coaches the most and likes what he sees on the defensive side of the ball from the Mustangs. "They play a lot of man and cover two," he said of the Mustangs' defensive schemes. "And I like to play man coverage."
Cover skills and game-breaking ability, however, may not be all Trice can bring to SMU.
Trice and teammates Darnell and Darius Taylor are very close and have dreams of playing together. The cornerback, in fact, will visit Wisconsin in September with Darnell.
SMU currently hasn't offered the other two teammates.
The Mustangs may be able to land all of the Mesquite teammates as long as it lands one. "If we all have a school that offers us, and we're interested, it's a no-brainer," Trice said.