When SMU hired June Jones back in January of 2008, the coach made a promise to recruit the DFW metroplex and the state of Texas hard. Almost a year and a half later, Jones and his staff are making good on that promise.
One school in the area they seem to be focusing a lot of their attention on is Dallas Skyline. After signing 2009 recruit Chris Frazier last season, the Mustangs have offered four player from the school this year. One of the four players was in attendance for the SMU camp on the Hilltop last Sunday afternoon.
"It was really a great camp. I liked it a lot. They did a little too much running, but it was okay," stated defensive end Demarcus Shaw to PonyStampede.com. "I liked the competition and how it went. It was pretty good."
"I don't really have any top schools at the moment," said the defensive end. "I'm really looking for a school that has a good program in what I'm majoring in. I'm looking to get into medicine. They also have to have good facilities and stuff like that, but academics are really important to me."
After the camp, Shaw got a personal tour from defensive coordinator Tom Mason. Mason is in charge of recruiting the Skyline area.
"We didn't talk much about football when I was visiting. My mom and him talked a lot about their academics. He did tell me that he thought I would be in their rotation. He thought that I would get a lot bigger and that I would have no problem keeping my grades up during the season," said Shaw.
Coach Morrison might be in charge of talking academics with Shaw's mom, but Frazier is definitely letting the defensive end know about the state of the football program.
"He keeps telling me they are going to take care of us. That the program is building and it's going to be really nice. He said the coaches will make us better," said the Skyline product.
When asked if he could see himself being a Mustang someday, the junior was very quick to answer.
"I sure could. I understand they have great academics and great facilities. I saw the computer lab and study halls and they are really nice," stated the 2010 prospect. "I understand they have great tutoring and academics for football players, it sounds really nice."
Shaw played offensive tackle last year, but will be making the switch to the defensive side of the ball this year. He is currently 6'2, 230 pounds, and runs a 4.7 forty.
PonyStampede.com will have more on Demarcus Shaw as it becomes available.