JUCO LB/DE Tripping to Tech

<b>Terrence Smith</b>, a 6-3, 250, 4.5 DE/LB, is another outstanding defensive player from N.W. Mississippi Community College that will tour Lubbock this weekend.

Smith, like several of his defensive counterparts, holds offers from many schools.

That said, he's more interested in these schools: "Texas Tech, Nebraska, LSU, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Southern Mississippi, and Memphis."

At this time, he isn't leaning toward any particular school stating: "I want to take my visits before making any decisions."

His visit this weekend is the only one he has to date agreed to take. However, since the edge-rusher is originally from Sugar Land, Texas, there's some familiarity with the Texas A&M program.

Smith's statistics through his first five games are: 66 tackles (45 unassisted) - six of which were tackles for losses. He's also forced a fumble and recovered one; garnered 2 sacks and has 12 QB pressures.

With his size and speed, the JUCO standout has shown the ability to dominate opposing offenses. Case in point: In his last game, a 30-7 win over Holmes, Smith was credited with a ridiculous 20 tackles. Unquestionably, he has the physical ability to play D-I ball, and I even got a "glimpse" of his attitude/swagger.

Prior to my interview of Smith, I had discussed with Coach Byrd, the defensive coordinator at Northwest Mississippi, the team's season to date and their game Thursday night. Byrd told TheInsiders: "It will be tough. The next game to me is always the toughest."

But Smith had a different reaction...

"Nah, it will be easy," he said. After suggesting that he might not want to express that opinion to Byrd, who had a much different line of thought, Smith responsed: "Oh, I always tell him that. Makes him sleep better at night."

Attitude coupled with great physical ability...what more could you want?

The 6-3,250-pounder said Dana Holgorsen is the Texas Tech coach he's in contact with the most and he said Holgorsen wants him primarily as a DE.

Smith expects to graduate in May, 2004.

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