Khalil Pettway visited SMU when he was playing in the Badger Sport 7-on-7 national championships in Dallas and he was blown away by the campus and the educational opportunities.
After a few weeks back home to think about his options, the Culver City, Calif., inside linebacker decided to commit to the Mustangs.
"I really liked the community and the area around there," Pettway said. "It felt like home there. I loved the coaching staff there, too. They seemed like some really nice and cool people.
"It was a beautiful campus. It was a nice area and a lot of money goes to the school. The class sizes aren't too big and I will get a lot of one-on-one time with the teachers. Education is everything."
SMU assistant coach Adrian Klemm, integral in landing the commitments of fellow Southern California recruits Gabriel Marks and Robert Lewis, struck again by getting Pettway to commit to the Mustangs.
The 6-foot-4, 205-pound prospect who's rated No. 32 at inside linebacker in the 2012 class and No. 88 in the California state rankings said the way Klemm recruited him was critical in his decision to commit.
"I admire him," Pettway said of Klemm. "He was going after me pretty hard. I liked how he was going after me, it wasn't too pressing, it was just right. I admire his drive. It was pretty impressive."
NC State and West Virginia have also offered Pettway and he said while he's firmly committed to SMU he does plan to take other official visits. Trips to all three of those schools are expected and Pettway said two others could happen as well.
"I'm still going to take my other visits," he said.