Recruiting on the Plains: 2020 Quarterback-Athlete Donovan Smith Commits to Texas Tech

A new commit for the 2020 class.

Player: Donovan Smith
Position: Quarterback-Athlete
Height / Weight: 6-4/195
High School: Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV)
Offers: Texas Tech, Nevada, San Diego State, Utah State
Recruiting Services: Rivals 5.4 | 24/7 Sports 85 | ESPN
Video: Hudl
Cumulative Ranking: 84.99
Profile Date: February 26, 2019

First of all, it is hilarious how much taller Donovan is than his parents and this is the definition of “head and shoulders” taller. Great looking family. Donovan is the son of Texas Tech running backs coach DeAndre Smith, so if you’re wondering why someone from Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, one of those premier teams in the country, is committing to Texas Tech, this is it.

The question for me is what position Smith will play. He’s listed as a dual-threat quarterback and if you watch his sophomore highlights, that’s where you see a bunch of plays, but watching his junior highlights, he’s mainly playing wide receiver. Smith is very fluid, a very tall receiver that goes up and gets the ball. Not a ton of speed on the outside, but he’s obviously a big frame, a smooth athlete as he’s got some of his father’s moves in terms of spin moves and seeing the field.

InsideTheRedRaiders’ Jarrett Johnson wrote that Smith has committed as a quarterback and Johnson also talked with current 2020 commit Wilson Long, who says that he’s been unable to get in touch with the current staff (go read the whole thing, I’m summarizing here). I would guess that Long may be opening up his commitment shortly.


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