"I know they had a not-so-great season, but they've got some great coaches. I think that after a while they will be a dominant team in the Big 12," Smith said. "I love their O-line, they produce a lot of NFL talent, they're nasty, that's what I like."
The unranked prospect was offered by coach Kingsbury over the phone after some of the other coaches evaluated the recruit in-person.
"I've been talking to coach [Trey] Haverty for a while. He hit my (high school) coach up, my coach told me to give him a call, he told me he was interested in me, he came to my school, he brought the O-line coach to size me up. They had to come see me, they had never saw me before. Coach Morris told me to call coach Kingsbury, and that's where I got my offer."
Smith has a great relationship with the Texas Tech coaching staff, and feels at home with them.
"I talk to all the coaches from there, from the coordinator, offensive line, linebackers, they're all showing me love, I'm a wanted man, I'm not just a number out there. They're wanting me to get out to Lubbock as fast as I can."
The Metroplex lineman plays in one of the toughest districts in Texas. District opponents include sister schools Plano East and Plano West, McKinney Boyd, along with juggernaut Allen. Smith played well enough against these teams to make second team All-district.
"I'm pretty nasty up front. I'm a great line of scrimmage blocker, I'm good with my hands and feet," Smith said. "I'm a dominant run blocker. I love run-blocking but I could definitely get adjusted to the fast game if I could get the right coaches. It would be a great thing to be a part of."
Smith will be taking a lot of visits this summer to figure out where he wants to go, and is in the process of scheduling an unofficial to Lubbock.
"I'm gonna go on unofficials all this summer. I'm dedicating the summer to visits, trying to see where I want to go. I just talked to Coach Morris, he wants me to talk to my mom and see when the soonest is that I can come out. We're gonna figure out a good day for me and my mom."
The interior lineman doesn't have any schools standing out to him right now, but expects that to change after taking his visits. He went on to suggest that the school he commits to will definitely be the school he signs with.
"I don't have any favorites right now, I'm just gonna commit to the program that fits me. I'm just trying to see where I fit best. I think I'll probably take a couple visits to the school that is higher on my charts, then, from there, whenever I've taken all of those visits. When I'm committed, I think I'll be fully committed, I'm not gonna decommit at any time."
Smith holds offers from SMU, Texas State, Air Force, New Mexico, and Texas Tech. He also lists interest from Arizona State, Nevada, Cal, and Oklahoma State.