Replenishing the Ranks: Marcus Smith

The following is one in a series of updates on Texas Tech 2014 recruits in the month leading up to National Signing Day. There have been rumors other teams have been trying to flip Texas Tech commit Marcus Smith. The former Highland CC defensive tackle spoke with RaiderPower.com about his recruitment and his eligibility on Monday.

Despite receiving phone calls from other schools and being enrolled in a community college near his hometown, Highland defensive tackle Marcus Smith is still a Red Raider.


"I'm sold on Texas Tech. I'm still committed as of right now," Smith told RaiderPower.com on Monday.

Smith signed a letter of intent in December, but it was to enroll for the spring semester. He said he'll have to re-sign in February.

Meanwhile, Smith is receiving phone calls from Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino and an assistant at Cincinnati.

"I spoke with the D-line coach from Cincinnati. He actually coached at Texas Tech last year," Smith said. "I can't recall his name. I think he's the d-line coach or the D-coordinator. I can't recall his name."

A good guess would be former Texas Tech assistant coach Robert Prunty, who is listed as the Bearcats' defensive coordinator and defensive ends coach.

Prunty bolted alongside former Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville for Cincinnati after the 2012 regular season. Shortly after accepting the new job, recruits came out and said Tuberville left them at a restaurant during their visit and was on a plane to Cincinnati the next morning.

Petrino recruited Smith during his short stint at Western Kentucky. Louisville re-hired Petrino on Thursday after Charlie Strong filled the vacant position at Texas.

Regardless of what the other schools have told him, Smith still stands firm.

"I told both schools I'm committed to Texas Tech," Smith said.

Click here to learn more about Marcus Smith

Click here to read his commitment reaction story following his December visit

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