With 15 pledges for its 2009 recruiting class and four grey shirts to also count against this class, Southern Methodist University first year head coach June Jones finds himself in a unique situation on the Hilltop.
"We have 20 pledges for this class, the reception since our arrival in Dallas has been great by area athletes," Jones told the media last week. "They seem to be excited about our past success at Hawaii and our offensive and defensive schemes. There are a lot of great athletes in the state of Texas."
After taking a look at the grey shirts and numbers this weekend this is how things break down. Everyone has 15 official pledges on the books; there are currently three grey shirts that will enroll in January. They are Zack Line, Robert Parker and Jason Emshoff. The other prospect that was going to be a grey shirt was Zach Boyd, who decided to walk on this fall and pay his own way. He's expected to be placed on scholarship in January with the other three.
That leaves one prospect unaccounted for.
Does SMU have a private commitment; it appears that could definitely be the case. Since coaches can't discuss recruiting, Mustang fans may have to wait until National Signing Day to see who the surprise prospect might be.
Expect the Mustangs to sign 24 in this class due to attrition and on a need basis.
What four prospects would make this class outstanding for the Mustangs?
We at PonyStampede.com have selected five prospects currently on SMU's radar; any four of these five would make this class even stronger. Expect all four or five of the Mustangs remaining scholarships to go to defensive players.
Top five remaining prospects for this recruiting class at SMU
Linebacker Daniel Prior of Henderson Texas is definitely someone that the Mustang fan base would be excited to have. Prior, a three star rated prospect by Scout.com, currently has offers from SMU, Iowa State and Utah State. He attended TCU's camp earlier this summer in appears to be hoping for an offer from the Horned Frogs.
Free Safety Joseph Bonugli of San Antonio of Earl Warren High School appears to be another top defensive target of the Mustangs. According to Bonugli, he told PonyStampede.com that SMU is recruiting him the hardest at the current time. See story later today on the recruitment of Bonugli.
Defensive Tackle Garry Williams of Texas High, Texarkana appears to be one of the Mustang top targets on the defensive front. A very talented and quick athlete coming off the line of scrimmage, Williams made an unofficial visit to the SMU campus earlier this summer.
Linebacker Rufus Porter of Louisiana is another top defender that appears to be on the Mustangs recruiting radar. Porter has shown interest in the Mustangs and is being recruited by Jeff Reinebold, who has already had some success in the Pelican State, snagging the No 2. Center in the nation Joey Fontana.
The last but not least is defensive back Asi Hosea of Cottonwood Utah. Hosea came up with two of his teammates this summer to the Hilltop and loved their unofficial visit. Hosea would add extra speed to the Mustangs secondary.
There may also be a couple of surprises pop up on the recruiting radar, especially once the SMU coaching staff are able to hit the road recruiting this fall. The Mustangs may look for some needed help defensively and may even look at going the junior college route for some extra help on the defensive front and linebacker positions.