UPDATE — June 19
Smith announced his de-commitment from UConn but stated that the Huskies are still “a top school”.
Thank everyone that has been there for me through this process pic.twitter.com/o9pJNDdjya— D4 (@DarrinDjSmith4) June 17, 2018
UConn football added their first 2019 high school commitment on Thursday as running back Darrin Smith announced his decision on Twitter.
A native of Frisco, Texas, Smith is a three-star prospect according to Rivals and 247sports. He held offers from Power Five schools Colorado and Nebraska along with American Athletic Conference rivals Tulane and SMU.
Smith will be the fourth player on the Huskies’ roster from Texas, joining Noel Ofori-Nyadu, Nate Hopkins and Caleb Thomas. Smith appears to be trying to build that pipeline even more for his school.
“They just offered Nolan Matthews at Reedy from right up the road that I told them to offer,” he told Rivals. “I feel like you’re going to start seeing a lot of UConn offers being spread around in Texas. I know what Texas has, so you’ll most definitely see that.”
However, there is still a lot of time before the early signing period in December and Smith is still keeping his options open. If another school offered him what he feels is similar to UConn, Smith said he would consider it, according to Rivals.
But ultimately, Smith wants to be “the face of a program” and with how the Huskies have struggled in recent years, he will have the opportunity to be just that.