Smith recaps SMU visit, previews decision

2016 Odessa (Tex.) Permian defensive back Desmon Smith talked with Billy about his SMU visit and upcoming decision.

2016 Odessa (Tex.) Permian defensive back Desmon Smith has now set a decision date after his SMU visit on Saturday, which he and his family enjoyed.

“I had a good visit. I enjoyed it and my family liked it,” Smith said.

After tours of the campus, locker room, field and weight room, Smith got to sit down with SMU head coach Chad Morris.

“It was more on an advice level. It was between me and coach just talking,” Smith said. “We talked about the changes he’s made and the new era of SMU football. We just got off track and we were talking about life after football.”

As for the future of the program, the 6-1, 190-pound defensive back feels confident in Morris’ plan.

“He has a good vision. I like what he thinks about it. I think he’s taking the right steps to turn it around,” Smith said.

Defensive backs coach Jess Loepp also talked with Smith about how he coaches up his players.

“We talked about how he coaches and we looked at some clips from his guys and what he teaches,” Smith said. “They talked about using me where they need me. They said I’d be a good boundary corner because of how physical I am, but he said I can also play safety or the field corner.”

SMU’s campus impressed Smith especially the new Residential Commons.

“It’s a beautiful campus and really nice. The dorms are really nice too,” Smith said. “The facility and stuff don’t really mean much to me. I just want to feel comfortable on campus.”

While he talks the most with SMU assistant Keith Gunn, Loepp and Smith continued to build a relationship.

“Learning about how coach Loepp does things and we haven’t really talked. That’s the second time we’ve talked in person because I usually talk with coach Gunn because he’s my area recruiter,” Smith said. “I like coach Loepp as a coach and how he coaches and what he’s all about.”

Texas State, Minnesota, Colorado State, Kansas and SMU all made Smith’s top five with Texas State and SMU being the only ones to receive visits.

Ultimately, it’s a family decision.

“I want my family to be comfortable with my decision. I want to hear what they think so it’ll just have to be a mutual agreement between us,” Smith said.

His family have been talking about the SMU visit since Saturday a lot. Could it mean SMU will be his final destination?

“She’s been talking about it a lot. Her and my grandma have been talking about it a lot and we’re going to continue to talk about it.”

Smith has set a decision date for Wednesday and also had offers from Air Force, Houston, Nevada, Rice, Ohio, UTSA and Toledo.

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