"I coached at Texas High (Texarkana) for and we signed so many Division-1 players there," Coach Surratt said. "He (Dwight) is as big and strong and fast as any of those guys. He would be one of the most highly recruited backs in the country if he hadn't left."
Smith left Carthage last year to go live in California with his father and the reason more schools do not currently have offers on the table for the 5'10,220 pound workhorse is because of questions about his academic eligibility.
But Surratt said those questions were researched by the TCU coaching staff and things seem to point to Smith becoming a contributing member for a Horned Frogs football program that continues to rise.
"Coach Jarrett Anderson recruits our area and he does a phenomenal job," Surratt said. "A couple months I told him, "You need to offer this kid. I don't know if he's going to have the grades coming from California but he's going to be close." Anderson came in and looked at his transcript and he said TCU was going to offer him."
David Smoak, an East Texas sports-radio legend, broke the story of Smith committing to TCU yesterday. With the announcement, many people saw the highlights of a tailback leaving defenders behind like they were standing still and thought this news might be too good to be true. A big, physical running back with 4.4 speed who was recruited by USC, Texas, Utah and many others is headed to the Horned Frogs?
But Coach Surratt said Frog fans shouldn't worry as he expects Smith to be the "go-to" guy for TCU in a year or two.
"He's solid on his commitment and he is going to sign tomorrow," he said. "He's ready to go. He got all of his papers in the FedEx today as Coach Anderson and Coach Patterson sent it this morning. He's excited about being a Horned Frog and I expect him to graduate from there."
Smith rushed for 41 touchdowns and helped lead the Carthage Bulldogs to the 3A State Championship. He rushed for 1,400 yards in six playoff games.