Houston Cougars football gets commitment from ex-Texas Tech QB Donovan Smith

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Charlie Neibergall/AP/Shutterstock (13630752d) Texas Tech quarterback Donovan Smith warms up before an NCAA college football game Iowa State, in Ames, Iowa Texas Tech Iowa St Football, Ames, United States – 19 Nov 2022

Houston Cougars football gets commitment from ex-Texas Tech QB Donovan Smith

The Houston Cougars football team just landed a quarterback in the transfer portal, and he is really familiar with the Big 12 landscape.

Donovan Smith, a 6-foot-5 dual-threat signal caller, announced via his Instagram on Tuesday evening that he had committed to the Houston Cougars. Smith posted a video that featured both Nathaniel ‘Tank’ Dell and current quarterback Clayton Tune.

In the video, Dell tossed Smith a jersey, and Tune tossed him a football. Tune, Houston’s starting quarterback since the 2019 season, will play his final game for the Cougars this Friday in the Independence Bowl against Louisiana.

Dell announced earlier this month that Friday will also be his final game with the Cougars as he aims to get his name called in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Earlier in the month, Houston head coach Dana Holgorsen said the team was going to look for a quarterback in the transfer portal with Tune out of eligibility.

The Cougars could look to add another play caller in addition to Smith. Holgorsen said Houston could be looking to add two quarterbacks in the transfer portal.

Holgorsen looks for three different factors in a quarterback: experience, who they are as a student and leader, and also their talent level, he said earlier in the month.

Smith started multiple games for the Red Raiders, including Week Two against Houston in an overtime thriller that saw the Las Vegas native rush for the game-clinching score against the Cougars. However, Smith saw his role diminish with Texas Tech as the 2022 season progressed.

He ended the season with 1,505 passing yards and 12 touchdowns through the air. He also added seven scores with his legs. 2023 will be Houston’s first in the Big 12.

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