Odessa Permian 2016 cornerback Desmon "Destroy" Smith announced his commitment to Texas Tech via Twitter on Tuesday night.
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound cornerback told RaiderPower.com he took his time with his decision before choosing the Red Raiders.
“It’s been a process I’ve been thinking about for awhile now,” Smith said.
Smith said the possibility of playing early was a big factor, but by no means the only one.
“It's extremely important to me. However, I understand that early playing time is one of those things everyone throws around but if I come in and work hard and allow myself to be coachable there's no reason why I shouldn't play early,” Smith said. “I want to feel comfortable, good relationships with the coaches, a great fan base and I want to feel comfortable on campus.”
Does Tech check any of those boxes for him?
“Every one of them,” Smith said.
Smith, who has visited Lubbock a couple times this season, including on his birthday on Saturday to watch Texas Tech defeat Kansas State, is the 25th overall commit of the class and the 15th defensive pledge.
With his combination of size and speed Smith could play either cornerback or safety in Tech’s scheme and Smith said the coaches told him they’ll play him wherever they need him.
Smith chose Texas Tech over offers from Air Force, Colorado State, Houston, Kansas, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, Rice, UTSA,Texas State and Toledo.
Up next for Smith and Odessa Permian (10-1) is Texas UIL Class 6A Division I Region I area playoff matchup against on Amarillo Tascosa (9-2) in the area round 1 p.m. Saturday at Lowrey Field in Lubbock. Smith intercepted a pass in the Panthers' 49-12 victory over Arlington Bowie the last week in the first round of the postseason.