Matt Doherty and his staff at SMU have been making a push to lock down local talent. Tuesday morning that push was rewarded when they scored a commitment out of high flying local Jalen Jones.
Jones, who will play his senior season at Dallas (Texas) Kimball, is a tough and aggressive 6-foot-6 wing who burst onto the national scene at the Pangos All-American camp in June.
After that, Jones hit the summer circuit with a vengeance while playing with Dallas Showtyme. Each step of the way a member of the SMU staff was there to watch and their persistence paid off.
"It was the toughest decision I ever had to make," Jones told Rivals.com. "But, I felt like SMU was the perfect spot for me."
A three-star prospect, Jones makes up one third -- four-star Jarion Henry and three-star Jordan Williams join him -- of what is probably the best wing group of any public school in the country.
Jones lacks little for confidence and expects to make an early splash for the Mustangs.
"I see myself as a go-to scorer coming in as a freshman."