Smith Commits Fill Needs for Tech's 2016 Class

Commitments from Odessa Permian cornerback Desmon Smith and Lucas Lovejoy offensive lineman Bailey Smith help fill in the blanks of Texas Tech's 2016 recruiting class.

Texas Tech picked commitments from two Smith’s in as many days.

The Red Raiders addressed a couple needs in the 2016 class with the pledges of Odessa Permian defensive back Desmon Smith and Lucas Lovejoy offensive lineman Bailey Smith.

Each player has been on Tech’s radar for a long time. 

Des Smith is a 6-foot-3, 195-pound cornerback who Tech offered in early October shortly after he visited the campus for the TCU game. Smith visited again last weekend for the Kansas State game and announced his commitment on Tuesday.

His combination of size, physicality and athleticism gives him an opportunity to play either cornerback or safety for Tech.

Bailey Smith impressed offensive line coach Lee Hays at a satellite camp held in Lubbock back in June. The two remained in contact since then, including a visit for Iowa State game back in October so when Hays offered Smith on Wednesday he committed soon after.

At 6-foot-5, 300 pounds, Smith is a big body who like Des, possesses the versatility to play multiple positions for the Red Raiders.


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