Odessa Permian cornerback Desmon Smith's high school football career came to a close Saturday when the Panthers lost 17-10 to Amarillo Tascosa in a hard nosed West Texas ground and pound playoff clash.
Though Smith, who announced his commitment to Texas Tech earlier in the week, was not tested much in coverage the 6-foot-3, 195-pound defensive back looked the part in run support.
In fact, it was a little surprising just how much he was willing to stick his head in the fray of what was a no holds barred scrum for much of the game. He finished with several tackles, was in on a forced fumble and made at least one stop for a loss on his own.
More than that, he was engaged in a type of game where he could have stayed on the periphery. On a play not shown above, Smith lit up a receiver who flashed in his zone apparently simply for doing so. The Tascosa receiver did not appreciate the hit and pushed Smith’s facemask, drawing a penalty that for some unexplained reason was waived off.
Smith missed one tackle, plus I saw him peak in the backfield and lose a receiver once or twice for a split second, but for the most part he was impressive.
Whether he was helping teammates get lined up, setting the edge from his corner spot in run support, working the refs or bullying opposing receivers, his presence was felt and it will likely be very welcome in the Red Raider secondary soon.