In the past three seasons, Dallas Skyline is 36-5, a program that just hammers out college football players. Since the arrival of June Jones, SMU has made strong efforts to establish a better relationship with the Raiders. After all, the two are only separated by six miles.
"I feel like they have been around. When I first got here, Coach Hundley he was here as many times as rules allowed," said Skyline recruiting coach R.J. Bond. "I think at the time, they had Chris Frazier committed. When Coach Hundley left, Coach Mason came strong. He came to our spring game, I have been in contact with him, we talked in the summer, he invited the coaching staff to some practices. I really feel like they are making an effort to get over here and reach out to us."
In 2009, the Mustangs received a NLI from Skyline quarterback Chris Frazier. Frazier ended up in junior college, but will look to receive another offer after this season.
In 2010, SMU chased after several Raiders, including DeMarcus Shaw and Adrian Lee.
The 2011 recruiting class is no different. As reported on PonyStampede.com in previous weeks, SMU has extended offers to linebacker Anthony Wallace (Scout.com 4-star), safety Franklin Shannon (Scout.com 3-star), and defensive end Marquel Bryant.
"I think Bryant is the type of kid that would have some strong interest in SMU," said Bond. "They went to a bowl game and they are right here in the city. June Jones comes with a name and a NFL background. He has a winning tradition behind him. He is not just a coach. I think that has sparked interest."
Bryant is described as a long, relentless pass rusher, with a very good first step. At 6'3, 212 pounds, the junior runs a 4.61 forty.
"Once he gets into a college weight program,with his body, a diet, and some supplements his body will fill out," said Bond.
"I think being the first with some of these kids, the kids that are probably senior film kids, is good. I think they have an eye for that kind of talent early," said Bond. "They were the first to get on DeMarcus Shaw last season."