Kyle Kearns isn't the biggest and he isn't the fastest but he can sling the ball and that's what SMU liked about the four-star quarterback. It's a big reason why the Mustangs were first to offer.
The Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill quarterback certainly appreciates it and he's headed to SMU during the first week of April to talk with coach June Jones and his staff to see if it would be a good fit.
Kearns, one of the top quarterbacks at the RCS Northern California and again last weekend at the Pylon Sports 7on7 in Las Vegas, said he loves how Jones runs an offense and the SMU offer definitely intrigues him.
"I visited Austin last year and Austin, Texas was great," Kearns said of his Texas trip. "I loved doing their camp, I love barbecue, I love the South and the feel of the South. I'm looking for a good place where I could spend four or five years of my life and be happy with that decision.
"Coach (Dan) Morrison is the OC there and June Jones is such a respectable coach. For what he's done with programs for a guy like me, I carry a big chip on my shoulder because I've never been that No. 1 guy, I'm not 6-5, I'm not 225 pounds, I'm not Andrew Luck.
"I've always had something to prove and I think that's what June Jones liked in me. That's what he builds his program off of. He wants guys who want to turn the tide for a program. I want to hear his goals and talk about my goals and I'm sure there will be some meshing points. He's a great coach and his offense is something I'd love to play in."
Many other programs are showing interest in Kearns, a 6-foot-2, 188-pound four-star quarterback who said Cal, Colorado and Wake Forest have stepped it up the most recently.
He could be next in line for an offer with the Golden Bears.
"I talked to Cal and they said I'm the next guy on their list for an offer," Kearns said. "They think Brady White or one of those guys is close so depending on how that goes, they would come to me next."