Southern Methodist University new Head football Coach June Jones had always recruited the Lone Star state when he was the head coach at Hawaii. Now that he lives in Dallas, recruiting Texas has become second nature.
Several of Hawaii 's pledges followed Jones to Dallas , none more important than signal caller Bo Levi Mitchell of Katy High School from the Houston area.
Jones had garnered Mitchell's pledge to play in "paradise", but according to Mitchell he feels that he is still going to get to play in a perfect situation. Mitchell, a proven winner, going 29-1 as a starter at Katy, is happy to take his winning attitude to the Hilltop.
"I couldn't be happier with my decision," Mitchell told PonyStampede.com Monday night. "When the coaching staff made the change they asked me to come with them. It was a much easier choice than many may have thought. Now I get to play and represent my home state, my family gets to see me play more often and I get to be a part of something special."
Mitchell is ready to take his winning attitude to the Mustang football program.
"They want me to come in and try to start right away," Mitchell said. "I definitely feel that I will come in and compete for the job right away."
Mitchell also has a lot of confidence in Coach Jones and the new coaching staff.
"I know they knew what they were doing," Mitchell said. "When they took the SMU job I knew that's where I belonged. I believe in Coach Jones. He is the one that I committed to, so it was an easy decision to pick the Mustangs."
The talented signal caller can't wait to get started this summer in Dallas.
"I want to go there tomorrow," laughed Mitchell. "I can't wait to get there and get started getting ready for this fall. I have been throwing the ball a lot. This is the greatest opportunity a quarterback could ask for, to play in this offense for an offensive genius like Coach Jones."
Mitchell has spent most of the spring working out with a private trainer. His goal is to be physically and mentally ready for the challenge ahead.
"I'm absolutely up for the challenge," Mitchell said. "I feel that we are going to surprise some folks this season. My goal is to win now, not a couple of years from now. With the talent that this coaching staff has put together along with the great coaches, they know how to win. They have proved that."
Mitchell got the change to visit the campus this spring and fell in love with everything.
"The campus is amazing," Mitchell said. "It has an old school look, but everything is brand new. I love the stadium. When you walk out on it for the first time, it made me go wow. I realize that this is where great things are going to happen."
Mitchell also noticed how hungry the fan base is for a winner.
"I have always won," Mitchell said. "Coach Jones didn't come here to lose; neither did I. We both came here to win. I promise you it's going to be fun."