Kolney Cassel visited SMU in March, knew it felt like home, and the Yakima (Wash.) Eisenhower pro-style quarterback decided to end his recruitment on Thursday.
"Coach (Tom) Mason came to my school and I walked in my coach's office because he was in there and I didn't really know he was," Cassel said.
"I saw him there and we started talking a little bit and I said, 'I want to be a Mustang.' I shook his hand and it was kind of a done deal."
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Cassel, a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, had been talking to Washington State and was hearing from other programs but always felt SMU was the best fit and came to the realization that it was time to commit.
He didn't want to wait any longer.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound prospect said he loves the SMU offense and that his visit there in March really made a strong impression on him.
"I'm excited for that because I don't really run the same thing but somewhat of the same thing at my high school," Cassel said. "Their routes and plays are way more complex but I think I'll be a perfect fit for it.
"The city is pretty cool and the rivalry with TCU is pretty cool. It's kind of like my hometown where we have a cross-town rival. It's pretty big. Just the history of it and walking around the campus it felt like home."
In his junior season, Cassel threw for 2,697 yards with 27 touchdowns and six interceptions. He was especially impressive at a recent 7on7 passing tournament in Las Vegas.