Devonta Smith backed off his commitment to Georgia shortly after a Bulldogs assistant left for Alabama in January, and coming off his most recent visit to Tuscaloosa, things are looking good for the Crimson Tide.
Smith, a four-star wide receiver from Amite (La.) High School, told SEC Country where things stand with Alabama after visiting this past weekend.
“They are one of my top schools because of the relationships with the coaching staff and how comfortable I am with the school,” Smith said.
The 6-foot-165-pounder has close relationships with Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt from his days at Georgia and Alabama assistant director of player personnel Sam Pettito. Petitto has been in Smith’s life for years now. It’s one of the main reasons why many in the recruiting industry believe that when Smith makes a commitment, he’ll choose the Crimson Tide.
One of the main factors for why he’ll choose a school he says is the comfortability he has at the program outside of football. Good news for Alabama: Tuscaloosa makes Smith feel at ease.
“It’s Alabama. It’s a great place with great people,” Smith said when asked if he feels comfortable at Alabama.
The Louisiana standout has made multiple visits to Tuscaloosa but this was the first trip he made with his mother and brother. Smith said this visit wasn’t about hearing the message the coaches had to give him, but mainly what they had to say to his mother.
“To be honest, I didn’t do anything because I’ve been there so much,” Smith said when asked if he had a favorite moment from this past weekend. “I just went to talk to the coaches, that’s pretty much it. It was really for my mother to get a feel for it to meet the coaches and get to know what kind of people they are. She liked it, but she didn’t really tell me anything about what they said.”
Alabama signed one of his best friends in four-star cornerback Shyheim Carter this past year, but Smith said that him being there won’t be a big factor for his decision, neither will the fact that the Crimson Tide only signed two receivers in 2016.
“It doesn’t matter because the best and hardest workers will play anyway,” he said.
Smith, who is rated as the nation’s No. 3 wide receiver per 247Sports, has only six offers right now — Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Florida State, Baylor and Ole Miss. He says he does not have a leader right now and isn’t sure when a commitment could come.
He is rated as Louisiana’s No. 1 prospect.