OT/DT Mentioning Texas Tech

Houston Jones OT/DT, Doug Smith, spent the summer playing basketball for his Houston AAU team and preparing for his senior year by working out. Smith said he improved his bench max of 360 to an impressive 385. At 6-6, 320 pounds with a 5.35 forty, the state's 83rd-ranked prospect is a great athlete for a kid his size.

Doug Smith, is being recruited by many of the top programs in the country including, Ohio State, LSU, Auburn, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Georgia, Arkansas and UCLA, to name a few.

And he claims to have scholarship offers from Texas Tech, Arkansas, LSU, Auburn, Purdue and Oklahoma State.

Of the six to offer, Smith made the LSU and Auburn summer camps.

Interestingly, the senior-to-be said his father -- a former defensive lineman at Auburn -- happens to coach there. As one might expect, this puts Auburn in great shape, but Smith said he's "pretty wide-open right now" and is still considering many schools.

At this point, he has yet to decide on a top five, but expects to have one finalized by the end of August.

Thoughts on Texas Tech: "I have a high interest in them. I really like the fact that Lubbock is a small college town and I like the school's colors. Also really like the fact that Texas Tech was one of the first schools to recruit me."

Texas Tech's Ruffin McNeal is recruiting Smith as an offensive tackle/defensive tackle. The Houston prep said he likes offensive tackle better, but wouldn't mind playing on the other side of the ball. He also said the opportunity to play as a true freshman at Texas Tech is appealing.

Another interesting note: Texas Tech is the only school to offer him a scholarship in both football and basketball. But Smith knows his future is in football.

Decision timeframe?

"I plan on taking all of my official visits before I make my decision. I will probably decide by the middle of my basketball season which is in January."

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