Miners find a defensive back

High two-star safety Dashone Smith (Spring, Texas/Klein Oak) has decided to stay in-state and play for UTEP, Rivals.com reports.

Minnesota, Louisiana Tech, Nevada, Western Michigan and Texas State also extended scholarship offers to the 5-foot-11, 180-pound senior.

Smith has posted a 4.81 40-yard dash, 4.47 20-yard shuttle and 28.9-inch vertical on the combine circuit last offseason.