Following a visit to Arizona State, Houston Cypress Ridge running back Trelon Smith gave the school a verbal commitment.
Smith and his parents scheduled their trip to Tempe just last week, days ahead of making the visit. The Sun Devils had extended a scholarship to Smith following the Mary Hardin Baylor satellite Mega Camp attended by more than a dozen Division I dozen colleges in Houston on June 3.
"I was so nervous," Smith said. "I was excited when I got on the phone. I tried to explain to them why I was committing and the words wouldn't come out of my mouth. I'm really happy right now.
"I think they were expecting me to commit because I told them I was coming to visit out of nowhere so I think they were like, 'okay, he must have a lot of interest.' We had a good time with the coaches, they showed me around, we enjoyed ourselves. I feel like they kind of were expecting it but maybe not this soon because I'm from Houston and I was just there two days ago."
As a junior, the 5-foot-8, 181 pound Smith was the Offensive MVP for District 17 at the 6A level, leading the region with 1,807 rushing yards, 228 carries and 17 touchdowns.
Cincinnati, Duke, Houston, Illinois, Purdue, SMU, Colorado State, Texas State, UTSA and Tulsa had also reportedly offered Smith. He decided he was ready to commit ahead of his senior season just in case of an injury or to avoid some schools filing up at his position.
"I feel like I could have had more (offers) but you know, it is what it is, Smith said. "God works in mysterious ways. I felt like the right offer is the one I'll get and then I'll make the most of it and I'm very happy. "My parents loved it too man, they enjoyed every second of it. We're from Texas so this is new for all of us and we really enjoyed it."
Smith said he was initially recruited by assistant Shawn Slocum for the Sun Devils, and when he has his parents were at ASU they were able to go over film with running backs coach John Simon to get a better feel for the team.
"Coach Simon and he showed me their offensive style and how they do things there and I really feel like it matched what I do," Smith said. "I'm a strong running back. I'm explosive and very powerful. I can really do both I'd say, not to brag, it's just confidence. I think I can run downhill, catch the ball out of the backfield. I can do the read option. I can bring the blow, lower my shoulder if I have to, and I can also make a guy miss. I feel like I can do both."
The Sun Devils now have six known commitments in the 2017 class.