On Friday afternoon the SMU coaching staff picked up a huge verbal commitment and marked a first for the Mustangs under head coach June Jones. The first is the fact that SMU now has two quarterbacks committed in the 2014 class as Austin Westlake product Jordan Severt gave his pledge.
"They were my number one school for a long time so I figured why wait any longer," said Severt. "I knew where I wanted to go so I called the staff and let them know."
Bert Hill, the defensive line coach at SMU, was the first coach to target and recruit Severt to the Hilltop but the quarterback has also been recruited by the Mustangs' QB coach Dan Morrison.
"I tried to call coach Morrison but couldn't get ahold of him so I called coach Hill. I let him know and we talked for a little bit. He said that he was really glad to have me on board and that the whole staff was excited to work with me. He also said that he thought we could do really big things at SMU."
Severt had planned on taking a visit to Cal this weekend and maybe some more visits in the near future to other colleges but with the commitment it seems like things have changed.
"I am done now. I was planning on going to Cal this weekend but they just got a quarterback so I am not going to make the trip out there. Other than them there was no where else I wanted to go see."
The move is by the SMU staff to recruit a second quarterback for the first time since coach Jones has been on campus but the Westlake quarterback, for his part, is fine with it.
"I think it's good since there is competition and we can be dynamic together. I am sure that he can do a lot of things. He is the type that can run and throw while I am more of a pocket passer. So we are different types of players."
The two-star rivals prospect has been on campus a few times and has even been able to take in a game at Ford Stadium.
"I think that I fit into the SMU offense very well. They are a big spread offense that throws the ball and that is my strength. I am a drop back passer and thats what they use."
Severt said it was the education that SMU offers that first drew him in but also his strong relationship with the coaching staff and the offense that the Mustangs' run all contributed to his desire to commit.
With the recruiting process now over it seems like life will become more simple for the 6-foot-4, 220-pound signal caller.
"Now I am just going to focus on my workouts and getting ready for next season. I want to win a state title this year. Last year we came within a game of doing it but I think that this year we can do it and end with a championship."
Severt is the ninth commitment of the 2014 class for SMU.