No. 2 Center picks SMU over Nebraska, others

SMU picked up a huge commitment Friday night when's No.2 Center Joey Fontana of New Orleans made his pledge to the Mustangs. Go inside to see what Fontana had to say about his decision and why he picked SMU over Nebraska, Stanford, Kentucky, Tulane and Louisiana Tech to mention a few.

Southern Methodist doesn't play Rice until two weeks from tonight, yet the Mustangs picked up one of its biggest wins on the recruiting field late Friday evening.'s No. 2 rated center in the country Joey Fontana chose SMU over Stanford, Nebraska, Kentucky, Tulane, and Louisiana Tech.

"It just felt right at SMU," Fontana told Friday night. "I really love the coaches there; they made me feel very important."

Fontana is excited about getting the decision behind him, so he can focus on his senior season at Brother Martin High School in New Orleans.

"SMU is a program on the rise," Fontana said. "They have a great academic reputation. It was close enough to home, yet far enough away. It's the perfect situation for me. Now I can focus on my senior season, I'm excited about becoming a Mustang."

Coach Jeff Reinebold and Coach Dennis McKnight played a major role in Fontana's decision.

"Coach Reinebold was so excited when I called him with the news," Fontana said. "You could really tell I was important to their recruiting class. I really enjoyed my last visit to SMU the second day of fall camp. I got a chance to get to know Coach McKnight; I knew I wanted to play for him for the next four years."

According to Fontana, he also felt he could make an early impact for the Mustangs.

"I feel I can come in and have an opportunity to play early," Fontana said. "I want to be a part of something special, that's why I chose SMU."

A victory two weeks prior to the Rice game may be a good omen for the Mustangs, SMU will travel to Rice in two weeks in an attempt to beat Rice in Houston for the first time since 1984.

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