Texas Tech landed another big piece to its 2017 recruiting class Thursday when Zhaire Smith chose the Red Raiders over the Texas Longhorns in a hat/signing ceremony at Garland Lakeview Centennial High School.
Smith, who averaged 20 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3 assists last season, is known as an athletic wing player who produces highlight reel dunks on a regular basis. His decision to pick Tech comes just after making an official visit to Tech over the weekend which he described to InsideTheRedRaiders.com as "great".
"Tech felt like family when I came so I had to go with my gut feeling," Smith said shortly after announcing his decision. " It feels great to sign. I'm relieved!"
The 6-foot-4 guard is the Red Raiders' fifth signee of the 2017 class joining junior college transfers Hyron Edwards and Josh Webster, in addition to three-star Lubbock local hero Jarrett Culver and three-star forward Daniel Mading to form an impressive high school triumvirate for coach Chris Beard's first full signing class.
Smith chose Tech over 15 other offers including from schools such as Texas, Arkansas, Kansas State, Georgia Tech and Air Force.
Texas Tech is not done looking to add talent in the 2017 class as 6-foot-10 center Malik Ondigo is expected to visit Lubbock later this month and Beard is on record as saying the coaching staff will stay aggressive on the recruiting trail.