Texas Tech is keeping a close eye on a Bayou State defensive tackle in 6-foot-2, 285-pound defender Kemon Smith, of Slidell North Shore High School. Smith recently decommitted from SMU, and discussed that decision.
"I had to open up my recruitment process, mainly because I wanted to explore my options a little bit and I wasn't 100% sure that I wanted to go to SMU. SMU's still one of my top schools, I just want to make sure I make the right decision before I do anything."
Coach Juluke from Texas Tech went out to see Kemon in action earlier this month during a practice. Coach Jamison is set to evaluate the defender in-person soon, and an offer could be issued very soon.
"As far as Texas Tech goes, coach Juluke came by and visited me today. He said he knew about the situation with SMU and all that, he said I should be looking at an offer from them soon. He said they're going to recruit me hard and that the defensive line coach, coach Jamison, is very excited about me. I'm not really sure what the future holds with them, but they said they're going to offer me, so we'll just have to see until then."
So what are the junior's thoughts on Texas Tech?
"I like Texas Tech. I feel like they can compete on a high level, and I feel like I can fit into their defensive scheme. I always have liked Texas Tech, ever since I was younger, and I'm very excited about the opportunity that they would give me. I like Texas Tech a lot."
Smith has been in contact with coach Jamison over the phone before Juluke stopped by.
"He was saying on the phone that he's seen my film, that I dominate the line, he likes the way I play, and he wanted to send coach Juluke down to see me to make sure I was the height and weight I said I was. Coach Jamison said he'd be down here in the next couple weeks to come and see me in person."
The defensive tackle named some programs that are standing out to him at the moment. It's interesting to note that coach Jamison will battle former defensive line coach Kevin Patrick, now at NC State, for Smith's services.
"The schools that are really standing out to me are Kansas, Houston, North Carolina State, SMU of course, Texas Tech even though they haven't offered me yet. I like them a lot. I want to be in a place where I'm comfortable."
Texas Tech is recruiting the lineman for the three-technique defensive tackle position.
"That's pretty much where all the schools tell me they have me at, because of my footwork and stuff like that. I've played nose guard and the three, but really the only times I play nose guard is when the team needs help. I'm usually at three-tech."
Smith is no stranger to Tech's 3-man front, having watched several games last season.
"I watched a couple games, and I watched a couple games online. I actually kind of like their defensive line, I know they weren't really high-ranked or whatever, but I still liked the way their defensive line played. They played fast and angry, and I was impressed by that. I saw their spring game and I liked the way their D-line played then too."
What is Smith looking for at the next level?
"Wherever I go, I just want to feel like I'm at home. Where I can play as early as I can, just a good place for me where I feel comfortable. That's pretty much it."