On May 16, Smith, a standout in track and field throwing events, signed a letter of commitment to join Johnson at the Division I level at Texas State, where the two will be able to push one another once again.
“Bobby has been throwing with us since he was a sophomore, and he actually started off with us as a JV thrower,” Greg Russell, Kangaroos head track and field coach, said. “The guy that helped motivate and lead him was T’Mond Johnson, who’s also at Texas State. He had a very good tutor that motivated him to be just like T’Mond.”
And it didn’t take long for Russell and the coaching staff to see how special Smith could be.
“We moved him up to varsity to throw the discus at the end of his sophomore year, and he was fifth for us at district,” Russell said. “He was sitting in the alternate spot, so we knew at that time how valuable he was going to be for us coming back for his junior year. He then qualified for regionals in both shot in discus as a junior.”
This past season, Smith added to his resume. He won gold at the Region I-6A meet in both shot put and discus with throws of 61 1/2 feet and 199-10, respectively — the latter of which broke the regional record set by Jon Riddlehoover, of Abilene Cooper, in 1996.
At the Class 6A state meet, Smith podiumed for Killeen in third place in discus with a throw of 183-05, capping off an illustrious prep career. He also threw a 56-11 1/2 to finish fifth in shot put.
Smith will be joined at Texas State by fellow track and field standout Carlos Wilson, who also made his commitment official with the university last Tuesday. Wilson qualified for the regional meet in the boys 100-meter dash and long jump this spring.
Additionally, Cinque Sambula committed to run track at Langston.
Also signing on May 16 was Lady Kangaroos basketball player Alexus Scharkley, who inked with Paul Quinn College.