Smith Still Likes Tech

Marcus Smith, former Tech commit at linebacker, is now at Kilgore Junior College. Despite him not making it to campus, the Kilgore linebacker is still looking hard at the Red Raiders. With the ability to transfer after the spring semester, could the Red Raiders have an old new face coming back to the fold soon? We caught up with Smith to see how things were going.

Former Oak Ridge star Marcus Smith, and former teammate of current Tech wide receiver L.A. Reed, has found a new home at Kilgore Junior College, but that's not where his true home is. "The coaches don't call me really, they just ask him [L.A. Reed] about me a lot." That's great news for the Tech faithful.

Smith, who as reported earlier, can transfer as early as this spring, says his grades are in perfect order. "Oh yeah, my grades are real good. They are so much help. We have study hall like 20 hours a week. So yeah, I'm doing well in school." Again, this is great news for the Raider nation.

Despite being a classified sophomore, Smith still has five years to play four. "They're not going to redshirt me. I'll be on the field this year." Obviously so, since Smith is the kind of player you want on your team and on the field. "I've got to play. I just want to play." Should he play this season at Kilgore, he will have 4 years to play 3 at Texas Tech, should he choose Tech. He plays a position that should excite every Red Raider, middle linebacker. At 6'1", 245 pounds and running a 4.52 forty yard dash, he would definitely be a great addition.

When Smith was originally recruited out of High School, Coach Dana Holgorson was the man recruiting Smith. "Yeah, Coach Holgorson took my tape with him. Coach Leach told me it was one of the best tapes he had ever seen." This is all great news, but where do the Red Raiders stand now? "Texas Tech is still #1. I had a great time at Tech and I just want to play ball there." He sounds like he knows what he wants. "I could transfer in the spring if I have enough credits."

Things certainly look good for the linebacker, and things certainly look good for Tech. With Tech looking at losing Brock Stratton soon, the prospect of having Smith back is a good one. With four years to play three, it looks like should he transfer to Tech, Smith could redshirt. When asked about the possibility of red shirting his first year here, Smith responded with "Not at all. If I redshirt my first year I could learn more, and that'd be fine."

Smith is a great prospect and has a few good teammates that Tech might be taking a look at, but rest assured all you who are worried, Smith is still a Red Raider at heart, and it is very likely that we could see Smith in the scarlet and black as early as the spring.

Smith and the rest of the Kilgore Rangers report back to camp August 17th. RaiderPower.com will be contacting Smith throughout the season and see how things are going.


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