February 1, 2012
DALLAS (SMU) - SMU today announced a stellar recruiting class of 20 student-athletes, bringing another outstanding crop of recruits to the Hilltop. This year's group will compete for BIG EAST Championships and a BCS Bowl berth.
Among the signees is Mr. Michigan Football and PARADE All-American Prescott Line, brother of SMU star and Doak Walker Award semifinalist Zach Line. Line will join January SMU enrollee, Indiana Player of the Year and fellow PARADE All-American Gehrig Dieter as newcomers to the SMU football team this fall. With two PARADE All-Americans, SMU joins Alabama, Auburn, Cal, Florida State, Ohio State, Oregon and South Carolina as the only schools with multiple PARADE picks.
With the graduation of five starters along the offensive line, the area was a focus of the class and SMU added five standouts averaging 6-5, 290 lbs.
June Jones' Run & Shoot also added a new quarterback, Neal Burcham, an ESPN.com four-star recruit who was Camp MVP at the prestigious Elite 11 Showcase, besting 23 of the nation's top prep signal callers, including Notre Dame enrollee Gunner Kiel. Notable Elite 11 alumni include Vince Young, Matt Leinart, JaMarcus Russell, Mark Sanchez, Matthew Stafford and Tim Tebow.
With nine ESPN three-star and above signees, SMU tied for the C-USA lead with Marshall and bettered both 2011 C-USA Divisional champs, Houston (8) and Southern Miss (8).
See the complete Signing Day Packet.
See the 2012 Mustang football schedule.
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