One of the more notable National Signing Day interviews at Texas Tech came from outside linebackers coach Mike Smith who only received one new player since depth at his positions is adequate for at least the next two years.

Smith revealed he was approached by good friend and former colleague Mike Pettine, the new Cleveland Browns head coach and a former defensive coordinator with Buffalo Bills and New York Jets, to oversee the linebackers. It would have been a natural fit because Smith spent the 2012 season as the New York Jets’ outside linebackers coach after two years interning with Rex Ryan’s staff prior to being hired away by Kliff Kingsbury.

Smith was a standout Texas Tech linebacker after graduating from Lubbock’s Coronado High School in 2000. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft. A major shoulder injury ended his career and he entered coaching with the University of Hawaii for one season before beginning work with the Jets.

“He did,” Smith said when asked if Pettine offered him a job. “Everybody is thinking I’m out of my mind, but I love Tech and there’s no other place I’d rather be than here. If I was at any other job, I would have gone in a heartbeat. Mike Pettine is one of my best friends. I’ve known him for 10 years. He was my coach when I played for the Ravens and, obviously, D.C. with the Jets. We lived together in New York. One of my best friends in the whole world.

“It was one of the hardest things I had to do, but he understood how much this place meant to me. My family is here. But he’ll do a great job there. He’ll turn that place around