Recruiting is the blood of any football program. If this year's recruiting class is any indication, SMU will be healthy for a long time. PonyStampede.com is proud to announce that SMU is projected to finisher higher in the Scout.com team recruiting rankings, than on any other recruiting network.
"Its probably the best group of kids/athletes that I have had ever committed. Kids that have a chance to get on the field as a freshman," stated Coach June Jones to PonyStampede.com. "We had some kids last year, like JaGared Davis(let's not forget about Kyle Padron coach), but this group is going to be the same way. I'm hoping in 2011, we can red-shirt some guys."
With the Mustangs success this past season, SMU should see even a bigger improvement in 2011. Most of the 2010 commitments were given before the season even started. Recruits were basing their decision on Coach Jones and his system, not the actual turnaround by the program.
"You have to put together a string of wins and let them see what you're doing over a three- to five-year period before you will compete with an Oklahoma or Texas on a kid," said Jones. "We never had trouble getting into schools, but the positive reception of being here for the third year and doing what we're doing has helped."
Highlights of the 2010 recruiting class:
(based on the Scout.com ranking system)
QB.) Steve Kaiser- rated as a three-star quarterback, Kaiser is the state of Missouri's 2nd best quarterback and No. 13 overall player.
ATH.) Kenneth Ackers- Ackers is the state of Oregon's 6th overall rated player and No. 2 cornerback.
WR.) Kyle Guinyard- rated as a three-star wide receiver, Guinyard is No. 201 on the Scout.com Midlands Top 225.
OT.) Ben Gottschalk-rated as a three-star offensive tackle, Gottschalk checks in as the No. 62 offensive tackle in the country.
DT.) Michael O'Guinn-checks in at No. 197 on the Scout.com Midland's Top 225.
Guys ready to make a big impact:
(based on what sources close the program and this publisher believe)
WR.) Ricky Collins- An all-state receiver in 5A by many publications, Collins had 43-catches for 1,059-yards, 13-TD's.
S.) Justin Sorrell- you can't teach experience, and Sorell has it. Playing the past two seasons at Blinn J.C. There he helped them win the NJCAA national championship.