Smith Re-Opens Recruitment

Once a Texas State commit, Desmon Smith gives Bobcatillustrated an update on why he decided to de-commit and where TXST now stands.

When Desmon Smith made his decision to commit Texas State earlier this summer, he raised several eye brows picking the Bobcats over offers from Big XII, Big 10, AAC, and C-USA schools. Just over two months later, he's reconsidered his original decision and has decided to reopen his recruitment.
The 6'3" 195lb cornerback let the Texas State staff know that he's still very interested in the program, but in order to take some visits he just didn't feel right remaining committed to the 'Cats.
"I just felt like I rushed into my recruiting, my commitment. I just didn't want to take official visits or look around while I was committed and go behind Texas State's back," said Smith.
Facing their second opponent of the young season, Odessa Permian takes on Mission Veteran Memorial High School this weekend, and although he is now going back through the process, he's not letting it interfere with his senior year. His primary focus is to take Odessa Permian back to the pinnacle of Texas High School football, and after the season will turn his attention back to recruiting.
Smith now reports a total of 16 offers, with new ones coming from New Mexico State, Sam Houston State, Massachusetts, and North Texas. One school that has yet to offer, but has picked up their interest, is Washington State. The PAC-12 program has let Smith know that they're closely watching and an offer could be an option down the line. Along with the Cougs, Colorado State is pressing hard after Desmon, as the Rams are close to locking him in for an official visit.
So where does Texas State fit in all this, and are the 'Cats still an option? BobcatNation will be pleased to know that TXST still has a legit shot for Smith.
"I'm really looking at everybody, but I'm still very interested in Texas State. I called Coach Johnson and told him about my de-commitment. He's the one who offered me. I told him about the situation, he was real calm about it, but said he was shocked. I heard from Coach Ambrose and he just told me that I'm going to remain one of their top guys and they're going to continue to recruit me hard and get me back there," said Smith.
He claims to be open and listening to all options, but Smith consistently mentioned Washington State, Colorado State, Kansas, and Texas State as schools that are under consideration for a visit, and programs that he's high on.
During our update, he was working on solidifying his first official to Fort Collins. As for Texas State, an official visit is still very much in the cards, it's just a matter of what other options come available. With TXST being a 4-5 hour drive from Odessa, he can drive down to San Marcos and use an official elsewhere. 
"I do see myself taking an official to Texas State, but I'm not sure yet. It depends on how the season goes and what else is on the table."
Getting Smith once more to campus is absolutely critical for the 'Cats to get a strong hold back on his recruitment. Texas State has made it clear, they'll be fighting for his pledge once more, and re-securing it this time looks to be that much tougher.

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