Recently I wrote a piece on Texas State commit Desmon Smith out of Odessa Permian. That article contained just snippets of this full interview. Today I am bringing you the interview in its entirety.
Jeff Cerda: Hello Des, first off thank you for your time and congrats on the commitment to Texas State.
Des Smith: No problem and thank you.
JC: Alright, let’s get started. So tell me, at what age did you first start playing football?
DS: I first started playing football in 3rd grade. (8 years old)
JC: What is your favorite sports memory so far?
DS: My favorite sports memory is our come from behind win against Tascosa in the 2nd round of playoffs this past season.
JC: You guys shut them out the second half of that game. That’s pretty impressive to be down by 21 points, two separate times and score 35 unanswered points to win by 21 points. What was said at halftime?
DS: Yeah that was a crazy game. Coach Hall just gathered the defense and picked us up. He told us that that’s not us (the first half play) and that we aren’t going out like that. He made it clear that we needed to play for the guy next to us, play for the seniors and send them out the right way.
JC: Which game are you most looking forward to in your senior season?
DS: I’m looking forward to the first one of course, then the second one and so on and so on! (laughs)
JC: So then all of them?
DS: Yeah definitely! But if I had to pick just one, I would say our game against Odessa High is always the one I look forward to the most.
JC: Who was/is your favorite coach to play for?
DS: My favorite coach to play for was Coach Mannix.
JC: What makes you chose him as your favorite?Â
DS: He has coached me in soccer and football and has been a role model for me throughout my life.
JC: Do any songs get you hyped for games?
DS: There’s been a few songs that have gotten me hyped for games but one that I really like is No Juice by Boosie.
JC: Do you have any pregame rituals?
DS: I have a two pregame rituals. The first one is, I have a parking spot that I always park in on game days, I show up to school extra early to make sure that I get that spot. The second one is, I say a prayer. I always take a knee and thank God for giving me the opportunity to play and just ask for protection over my teammates.
JC: Who is your favorite athlete?
DS: My favorite athlete would have to be Tyrann Mathieu (Arizona Cardinals).
JC: Any influence on the number you wear?
DS: Kobe Bryant is my favorite basketball player, growing up he was the best and I wanted to be the best so that’s why I picked 24.
JC: I see, Kobe has stated that this is his last year playing. Which player is your next in line to take his spot as your favorite?
DS: Swaggy P! (Nick Young) Or D’Angelo Russell, I’m a Lakers fan!
JC: They’re in a tough spot right now, not looking too good for them.
DS: Yeah but we’ll be back soon!
JC: Does anyone motivate you to play better?
DS: Someone who motivates me to play better is my mom. She’s always told me to give 100% or don’t do it at all. I don’t want to disappoint her.
JC: What other sports do you play?
DS: Besides football, I’ve played baseball, soccer, basketball and I’ve ran track.
JC: Which sport have you learned the most from that you apply to football?
DS: I think what has helped me the most is soccer. The footwork in soccer makes the transition to defensive back much easier to pick up.
JC: Tell meÂ something about you that not many people know.
DS: Not many people know that I played soccer my entire life up until my sophomore year.
JC: What is the best advice you have ever been given?
DS: The best advice I’ve ever been given is to never lose sight of God, he’s got a plan and it would be best to trust it.
JC: Do you have a saying or motto you live by?
DS: A motto I like to live by is “From humble beginnings come great things.”
JC: What are some of your team goals for this upcoming season?
DS: Of course a team goal is to win state, but I’d rather start a tradition of excellence in the program with the underclassmen.
JC: Any personal goals this year?Â
DS: A personal goal is to be an All-State selection.
JC: Curveball question, if you could be in any movie or TV show, which one would it be?Â
DS: If I could be in any TV show it would be “That 70’s Show.”
JC: Who is your favorite character from that show?
DS: I would have to say that Fez is my favorite character.
JC: Besides football, what else do you enjoy doing?
DS: Besides football I really enjoy hanging out with my friends.
JC: I noticed in a previous interview, you had stated that Texas State felt like home. Care to elaborate on that a little bit?
DS: It’s hard to explain the feeling of how Texas State felt like home. For me it was just the being there and knowing that this is the place.
JC: What are you most looking forward to at Texas State?Â
DS: I know I’ve still got a lot of work to do and I look forward to the challenges that await me there. I can’t wait to see what Texas State has in store for me!
JC: Alright, my 24 questions are up. Again, I thank you for your time, it’s much appreciated. We’ll have to do this again in the future, I had a lot of fun!
DS: Yeah no problem, we’ll definitely talk again. I enjoyed it as well.
Thanks to Desmon Smith for taking the time for our interview and look for more interviews and profiles throughout the week.