Bobcats Grab 12th Commit

The Bobcats were able to convince this three-star stud out of Odessa Permian that San Marcos was the place for him. Keff Ciardello has the story on how it went down

Twelve offers from various schools around the country were handed out to Odessa Permian CB Desmon Smith but only two of them really had a chance.

"It was between TXST and SMU,” said Smith. “But San Marcos just felt more like home to me though. I loved it all, there is not a downside to TXST.”

Texas State was the first school to offer Smith back in January. Apparently, their early offer paid huge dividends when it came to Smith’s decision, “I didn't get my first offer until Jan. 31 and it was from Texas State. TXST told me, after that first one comes, the rest will start to roll in so just be patient. Sure enough, they started rolling in. They were the first to believe in me. They believed in me when no one else did. They wanted to be the first for me and that meant a lot."

A close relationship with TXST WR coach Jason Johnson also played a factor in Smith’s commitment to the Bobcats. When Smith’s Grandmother passed away earlier this year, it was Johnson that provided Smith with the emotional support he needed, "She passed away back on Jan. 18. At the time, I had been talking to coach (Jason) Johnson (TXST WR's coach). I've talked to other coaches but the one I speak to the most is Coach Johnson. I would talk to him about every day or every other day, even if he is just asking how my day is. I could kind of tell that they really wanted me by that. He had been checking up on me about her because we were told that she had no more than three weeks left so we had to prepare. Coach Johnson helped me get through that, which was also another big thing I liked about TXST. They are about family. I feel good about that. Before she passed, she told me that I was going to be somebody and I was going to make her proud by taking care of my family. That's what I'm trying to do and I feel I can do that at Texas State."

Smith honored his Grandmother by announcing his commitment on her birthday. She would have been 77 today.

At 6’2”, 191-lbs and a reported forty-time of 4.55, Smith has all the necessary physical attributes to be an imposing figure in the Bobcats defensive backfield. Even though he was recruited as a corner, he said there is a possibility that he will play safety. For now, he has been recruited as a corner, and that gives the Bobcats 4 commitments at the corner spot. Because of his size, if a position change were in store, it wouldn’t be too difficult a switch from the looks of the hard hits on his Hudl page.

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