Devonta Smith, the newly minted five-star wide receiver by Scout.com, has become such a regular at Alabama that he didn’t even watch the spring game, even though he was on campus.
Instead of being in the crowd with the 76,212 Alabama fans at Bryant-Denny Stadium, Smith sat in the team’s facilities all day talking with the coaches.
Despite not watching the game, Smith enjoyed his trip to Tuscaloosa.
“It was good,” Smith told SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman at the Louisiana Bootleggers Invitational in Covington, La., on Sunday. “I talked to the coaches and learned more about what they are trying to do with their offense and the program.
“There really wasn’t anything different about the visit. I just talked with the coaches and broke down film.”
With the number of visits he’s taken to Alabama, Smith said there’s really nothing else for him to see as far as the campus goes. His familiarity with Alabama is one reason why 100 percent of recruiting analysts that have offered a prediction via his 247Sports Crystal Ball believe he’ll be a member of the Crimson Tide next season.
Smith, however, said Alabama is equal with every other school that has offered him. He’s not one to talk much about his recruitment so that answer isn’t all that surprising.
Two weeks ago at Nike’s “The Opening” regional in New Orleans, Smith admitted that he doesn’t do much talking in the media.
The 6-foot-1, 160-pounder compared his personality to Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley.
“Calvin (Ridley) is just like me. He’s a laid-back dude,” Smith said. “He doesn’t like to do anything but just stay inside and chill. I like that a lot about him.”
If Alabama ends up signing Smith, he would be the team’s first five-star wide receiver since Ridley.
Smith is rated as the nation’s No. 2 wide receiver and the No. 1 prospect in the state of Louisiana, according to Scout.
To get an understanding for just how good Smith is and why every scouting service needs to rate him five stars, this is him easily beating five-star cornerback Stanford Samuels on this crisp route:
Amite WR Devonta Smith beats top CB Stanford Samuels. https://t.co/Wsql7L6Xz1
— Julie Boudwin (@Julie_Boudwin) April 17, 2016
Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.