On June 24th, Desmon Smith (Odessa Permian) announced via his Twitter account that he would be committing to Texas State University. The Bobcats were the first DivisionÂ IÂ school to offer him a scholarship, which may have played a small role in his decision.
Since making his announcement, I spoke with Smith, who told me this about calling Texas State home.
“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,” he said.
Smith is heading into his senior year, so the commitment cannot become official until he can sign a national letter of intent next February. It is still possible that another university could persuade him to nix his current commitment and join their school, but for now Smith says he is done with the recruiting process and is all in with the Bobcats.
He says that Tyrann Mathieu of the Arizona Cardinals is his favorite athlete and when I asked him about why he wears the number 24, heÂ talked about being the best, even if the number didn’t come from a football idol.
“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,” Smith said.
Great close out speed and the ability to read and react to plays is a major plus for Smith. He is considered to be a “ball hawk,” someone who has a knack for always being on the ball. Team highs in interceptions (4) and pass break ups (18) during his junior season showcased these skills well.
One thing that should be noted here is that he did not play on the defensive side of the ball until this past year, the same year he made his debut on the varsity team.
Along with football, Smith also plays basketball and runs on the track team for Odessa Permian. When I asked which of the three sports he preferred, he said “IÂ prefer football over basketball and track, well over any sport really.”
Looking at his social media sites, especially his announcement of his commitment to Texas State, it’s not hard to see that Smith is a big believer in his faith, is family oriented, humble and most of all grateful.
He understands that he has a lot of work ahead of him and is willing and ready to welcome any challange that awaits him. I look forward to watching him play in person once he makes his way to San Marcos.