SMU Jones invades Bayou to visit Louisiana LB

Rufus Porter

June Jones is looking for big time difference makers on defense for his SMU Mustangs. He and assistant Coach Jeff Reinebold made a recent trip to Louisiana to visit standout linebacker Rufus Porter. Will Porter take an official visit to SMU? Yes just not this week like reported elsewhere. Go inside for the most up to date and accurate information on Porter's recruitment.

Can't get any better than going undefeated two years in a row, if you don't believe it just ask Destrehan Louisiana's Rufus Porter.

Porter led his team to the state championship last year and the team is only two wins away from winning back to back state titles.

"You can't get much better than that," Porter told PonyStampede.com Wednesday night. "Our focus is on winning our next two ballgames, nothing else matters until we win back to back state titles."

That focus and attitude is the reason that Porter won't be taking any official visits in recruiting until the season is over.

"I haven't scheduled any visits, I don't know why some thought I would be making a trip this weekend," Porter said. "I will most definitely take an official visit to SMU, probably sometime in January."

Speaking of visits, Porter got a surprised home visit Tuesday night.

"Coach (June) Jones and Coach Jeff Reinebold came by my house Tuesday night," Porter said. "It was great, a lot of fun, they didn't eat dinner or anything but stayed a while. They are really cool guys. The main thing I know about SMU is that they have great coaches."

According to Porter, Jones made another great impression while on the visit.

"My mom loves him," Porter said. "They kept telling me how much they love me as a player and how much they need me. They called me a big time difference maker. I love those guys also; they are the type coaches I would love to play for."

While Porter only has official offers from SMU and Louisiana Tech, the talented linebacker has picked up a lot of interest recently.

"Alabama and Arkansas seem close to offering," Porter said. "They have really been recruiting me hard; they both want me to take official visits to their schools."

Porter is looking forward to taking his official visit to SMU.

"I want to get to meet the other coaches, if they are as great as Coach Jones and Coach Reinebold, I'm I will like them a lot," Porter said. "I want to meet the players and get a feel how for how they like it there."

Porter has over 80 tackles on the season, two interceptions, one he returned for a score. Those stats helped him earn First Team All-District Honors, District Defensive MVP honors and All Metro Defensive MVP this season.

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