Signing Day Countdown: 7 days

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SMU's 2012 recruiting class took a hit after June Jones flirted with Arizona State and top recruiter Adrian Klemm left for UCLA. Now the coaching staff is trying to hang on to its 18 commits and add a few more in the next week. Here's where SMU stands exactly one week before National Signing Day...

National Signing Day can't come quick enough for SMU.

In the last month, the Mustangs have fallen from Scout's rankings of a Top 40 class to No. 68. This is, of course, due to June Jones creating a feeling of instability in the program after almost taking the Arizona State job and top recruiter Adrian Klemm leaving for UCLA.

Since all that mess, SMU has lost six commitments (seven if you include 2013 quarterback prospect Eddie Printz) from this 2012 class. Five of those de-commitments were Klemm recruits.

The fact that players have been dropping like flies has sent Jones and his newest staff addition, Jason Phillips, on the recruiting trail together to make up for what they've lost.

In the past week, they've taken in-home visits to the likes of offensive lineman Chase Walling (Lake Highlands), who is currently committed to North Texas, Seaver Myers (Friendswood), who has been committed to SMU for awhile, but is entertaining a recent offer from Texas A&M, and A.J. Justice (Houston), who is still solid to the Mustangs.

Phillips has also visited SMU commit Daijuan Stewart (Baldwin, La.), whose cousin Trevon is one of Phillips' Houston recruits. Maybe Phillips and Daijuan will work Trevon from both sides to get him to switch his commitment to the Mustangs.

As things stand today, a week before signing day, SMU has 18 commitments. If I were a betting girl, I'd say that SMU loses another commitment before signing day in Seaver Myers, who will be taking his official visit to Texas A&M this weekend.

But I also think SMU gets at least one, maybe two or even three more commitments this weekend after Walling, Braden Meador and Ty Law take their official visits.

It's been a rough two months for a team that almost had its best recruiting class in over two decades. But despite the way things have unfolded, this group is still a talented bunch and with the right coaches, can be developed into better players.

It's also worth noting that because SMU can now sell being in the Big East, the future of recruiting looks brighter than ever.

Click here to see SMU's 2012 class as it stands today.


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