August 8, 2011

Smith still being pursued

Houston (Texas) Westfield defensive tackle Anthony Smith was expecting his recruitment to slow down after his commitment to Texas Tech, but a few programs are still making efforts to gain the interest of the 2012 prospect.

"I wouldn't say the recruiting has slowed all that much. When it comes to the schools that have been recruiting me the entire time, they've stayed pretty steady in trying to get me to join their program," Smith said. "I thought it might drop off some after I committed to Tech, but some of the schools have stayed on me pretty hard."

Smith mentioned Boise State and Wake Forest as the two schools beyond Tech who are still pursuing him the hardest. It's likely that both of those programs will receive an official visit from the 6-foot, 291-pounder.

"I probably will be taking a couple of official visits. I don't have any planned yet, but I'd like to get out and see some things that I haven't before," he said. "I was thinking about visiting Boise State the weekend they play TCU. I think that will be a hell of a game and probably pretty exciting for their fans. I'm not sure on any of it yet, though."

Smith has also remained in frequent contact with the coaching staff in Lubbock, and he hopes to make an official visit sometime after the season.

"I still talk with the coaches at Tech pretty often. I probably talk with Coach Tommy Mainord and Coach Sam McElroy the most. We've got a great relationship and they've both made me feel comfortable around them. They were a big part of why I decided to go with Texas Tech," Smith said. "I'll probably be taking my official visit to Tech after the season is over. I've talked with the coaches about it and they want us to come after the games are done so we'll have more one-on-one time to spend with them. I'm looking forward to the visit and I'm still very happy with my decision. I'm excited to be a Red Raider."

Smith committed to Texas Tech in June over offers from Arizona State, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Oklahoma State, San Diego State, Tulsa, Wake Forest, and Wyoming.

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