February 5, 2009
DALLAS (SMU) - SMU Head Football Coach June Jones announced the signing of 25 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, February 4, assembling one of SMU's finest recruiting classes in a quarter century.
Of the 25 signees, two are junior college transfers and 23 are high school student-athletes. This year's class has eight three- or four-star Rivals.com recruits, equaling the number of such recruits in the 2007 and 2008 classes combined.
"Obviously, having a full year to focus on recruiting helped us put together what I believe is a very strong class," said Jones. "As I said last year, SMU has become a very attractive option for standouts from Texas and across the nation. We're building for bowl games and conference championships here at SMU and this class is another big step in that direction."
Jeremy Crabtree, Rivals.com's national recruiting editor, says, "SMU's 2009 class addressed their major immediate needs. The offensive line was obviously their biggest concern and the staff was able to sign several quality prospects at that spot who could get major playing time next season. On the defensive side of things, the Mustangs have added speed at both linebacker and defensive back. They are undoubtedly headed in the right direction and received commitments from individuals who had Big 12, SEC and Pac 10 offers. The influence of June Jones after just one full year is very obvious."
Bill Conley of Scouts, Inc., adds, "This could be the surprise class of the non-BCS schools...".
A full list of recruits, bios and video highlights are available here, and the Signing Day packet is available here.
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