Texas Tech Lands JUCO DT

The Red Raiders are in desperate need for some size up front on defense. Defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt (pictured) received a little help in the form of 6-foot-3, 302-pound Highland CC defensive tackle Marcus Smith with his commitment Sunday.

Marcus Smith became the second JUCO defensive prospect to commit to Texas Tech on Sunday.

Mississippi Gulf Coast defensive back Josh Keys also pledged to the Red Raiders on Sunday.

Smith, a 6-foot-3, 302-pound defensive tackle from Highland CC provides some much needed size up front for a Red Raiders defense in need. He tallied 49 tackles, 4.5 sacks and eight tackles for loss this past season.

"I took my visit this weekend and I told the coaches I feel home, I've felt home the whole week," Smith said. "I met with our defensive coordinator (Matt Wallerstedt) and we talked football, we talked about life and I like his scheme. I like where the program is headed. I like the opportunity to be a big-time player for Texas Tech."

Smith said it wasn't just his visit with Wallerstedt that sealed the deal. He liked coach Kliff Kingsbury, the players and how he saw the program operate Saturday up at the football facility.

"Friday, I had a great time with the coaches and a great time with the players and then Saturday I watched them practice," Smith said. "Basically after watching them in practice, watching film with them and talking football with them in more detail, I kind of decided then Texas Tech was going to be my home."

Though Smith's recruitment escalated quickly as he was offered by Tech early last week, visited over the weekend and committed Sunday, the defensive tackle said the Red Raiders had kept in touch all season.

Smith plans to enroll in January and will have three years to play two seasons. His pledge gives the Red Raiders two commitments at defensive tackle, joining Keland McElrath from Coahoma CC.

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