A Pleasant Surprise:Dennis Smith Commit Story

The Texas A&M coaching staff has done a stellar job getting a head start on the 2012 recruiting class. Coach Sherman has already extended 16 offers to sophomores and on Tuesday, his early evaluation paid off in a big way. Yesterday, Dennis Smith of Wimberley became the first 2012 prospect to verbally pledge his commitment to the Aggies.

The Texas A&M coaching staff has done a stellar job getting a head start on the 2012 recruiting class. Coach Sherman has already extended 16 offers to sophomores and on Tuesday, his early evaluation paid off in a big way. Yesterday, Dennis Smith of Wimberley became the first 2012 prospect to verbally pledge his commitment to the Aggies. The 6-foot-1, 210 pound running back has 5-star potential and he felt the timing was right to end the recruiting process.

"Well, I didn't see why not," said Smith when asked about committing early to Texas A&M. "They have been showing me a lot of interest. They were the first school to offer me and I felt like it was the best decision for me."

Texas A&M running backs coach Randy Jordan played a big role in Smith's recruitment. The two have established a superior relationship which paid off in the form of a major coup for Jordan.

"Oh yea he played a big role in me choosing A&M," Smith said about Coach Jordan. "He's been up to my school a bunch of times to watch me play and I would call him at least once a week to talk about my future with A&M. I told him I wanted to come down for the spring game and it just felt like home. Everything was just really chill, it's not like 6th street where I can go get in trouble. All the coaches treated me well, especially Coach Jordan, he seems like a good coach and I can't wait for him to be my coach."

Dennis knows all about stepping up to the plate as a freshman. Smith began his high school career on varsity in the backfield for the Texans racking up 1,275 yards and 15 TD's in 2008. One reason he chose A&M was the opportunity to compete for a starting role when he arrives in Aggieland.

"Both C-Mike and Cyrus started playing as freshmen and I know how that is because I had to play on varsity last year as a freshman. I'm looking forward to it and I'm aiming to play my freshman year at A&M."

Smith admits he grew up following A&M's archrival growing up, but he credits his relationship with former Aggie legend Mike Mosley to swaying him from burnt orange to maroon.

"Not really," said Smith when asked if he followed A&M growing up. "I was a UT fan to be honest. I started talking to Mike Mosley a lot because he used to play ball for A&M and he got me into it a little bit. I went to go check out a game and ever since then, I don't know, just something about the atmosphere, I fell in love with it."

Now that Dennis doesn't have to worry about where he is going to college, he has his sights set on a break through junior season. The junior to be rushed for over 1,500 yards and 25 touchdowns as a sophomore but he isn't looking to pad his individual accolades next year.

"Right now I'm working hard for my team to get ready for next season. I want to become more of a leader and not worry about my individual goals just more of my team goals. I'm a very vocal leader. If someone isn't stepping up like they should, I will let them know. I had to do it a little bit as a freshman because we didn't have much leadership but I'm ok with filling that role."

One thing to look out for in the future is the fact that Smith didn't shut the door on being recruited by other big time programs .

"Well, this is it for right now," said Smith when asked if this was the end of the recruiting process. "If somebody else came with an offer it would have to be really good. I wouldn't know what they would have to do to change my mind. I'm pretty sure this is it for me."

The A&M coaches will get there first look at their newest commit in a couple of weeks.

"There is a camp on June 6th that I will be up for."

Dennis chose A&M over SMU. He was also garnering much attention from Baylor, OSU, Texas, and OU.


Aggie Digest Top Stories