Many of the football players on the SMU Mustang squad come from the Dallas-area, and most come from the state of Texas.
With June Jones coming to the Hilltop this season, this could all change. Coach Jones has the name recognition and proven record to attract quality players from all over the country, and having recruited for only 3 weeks this year, he was able to bring in Will Densmore from the small town of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida.
Densmore, the 6'5" 267 lb offensive lineman comes into SMU as a true freshman from Choctawhatchee High School, and is here in Dallas primarily because of Coach Jones.
"The truth is I came here because of June Jones; if anybody can turn a program around its Coach Jones. He's got the coaches, he's got the brains to do it all, and I fully believe in him and his staff."
For many players, making the transition from small-town hero to big town college football is tough to do. There are many more distractions in a town like Dallas, and sometimes it can be tough for a player to focus solely on his studies and football, which is needed to be done in order to succeed at this level. However, Will Densmore foresees no problem adjusting to big city life.
"Dallas is awesome. Coming from a small town, it is really nice to get into a big city. Also, I came here early instead of coming at the start of fall camp, so I feel as though I'm better prepared that way."
Densmore as spent the summer on the Hilltop attending summer classes and getting into shape.
"The college game is so much more intense, and it's a lot tougher. I have definitely gotten stronger and quicker since I've been here, so I'm glad I came early."
As far as this season, Densmore does not know whether he will redshirt or not, but he is willing to help the team prepare for each week's game no matter what his role is.
"If I'm out there on the field, that's awesome, but if I get redshirted and I'm helping out only on scout team, that's good too. I just want to do what I can to help this team get to a bowl game."