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Odessa Permian DB Des Smith Previews Texas Tech Official Visit

Odessa Permian defensive back and Red Raider commit Desmon Smith recaps recent in-home visits with Texas Tech coaches and previews his upcoming official visit.

Texas Tech cornerback commit Desmon Smith has been busy training to run the 4x100 and 4x200 this spring for the Odessa Permian track team, but before the season rolls around he will wrap up the football recruiting process.

Of course, National Signing Day is Feb. 3, but up first is his official visit to the South Plains this weekend where he will be one of over 20 prospects in town, most of those being fellow 2016 Texas Tech commits.

In other words it's going to be a big party and Smith is one of the guests of honor. Though Smith has already visited Tech a couple times relatively recently he said he's most excited about hanging out with his future teammates during the official visit. 

"I'll be there around 12:30 (p.m. Friday) and I'm going with my mom grandma and cousin," Smith said. 

When asked if his family is excited about the weekend visit he replied: "More than excited."

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The Red Raider coaching staff likely felt the same way about his verbal in November as the 6-foot-3, 195-pound Smith will add some coveted size to a Red Raider secondary in desperate need of some. Smith, who has a verified 40-yard dash time of 4.55 seconds, picked Texas Tech over offers from Air Force, Colorado State, Houston, Kansas, Minnesota, Nevada, Rice, SMU and Toledo.

Smith added he knows he and fellow defensive back commit Damarcus Fields from Taylor (Tex.) High School will be rooming together in the fall, but said they will likely find out this weekend who their other two roomies will be.

Smith received a little preview of his official visit when Texas Tech defensive coordinator David Gibbs dropped in on him in Odessa to see how he was doing. That was after recently hired special teams coach Joe Robinson stopped by a couple days earlier to discuss Smith's future as a Red Raider.

"Yeah coach Gibbs came by Sunday and Friday coach Robinson came by," Smith said. "Coach Gibbs discussed my works and filled us in more about my OV. Coach Robinson was really cool, we talked for like an hour straight. We talked about everything; Permian, Tech. home, friends, my videos."

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