NEW ORLEANS — All signs point to wide receiver Devonta Smith joining Alabama’s Class of 2017 at some point. Two of the college coaches he’s arguably the closest to — Jeremy Pruitt and Sam Petitto — are on Alabama’s staff. His good friend, Shyheim Carter, is a 2016 signee.
Smith won’t say it’s a slam dunk for the Crimson Tide to land him just yet, however.
“I know a lot of people think that, but I really don’t know where I’m going to go,” Smith told SEC Country at Nike’s “The Opening” regional in New Orleans on Sunday. “No one knows, not even my family.”
The four-star prospect from Amite (La.) High School did say that he is very interested in Alabama. But he also said that he has the same amount of interest in the Crimson Tide as he does the other 15 programs that have offered him a scholarship.
“Everyone is equal right now. I don’t have any school that is less than the other,” Smith said. “I want to take more visits and see what all of these schools have to offer me.”
The 6-foot-1, 165-pounder is definitely quiet when it comes to where things stand in his recruitment, just like how his friend Carter was in the 2016 cycle.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Smith lets his game do the talking for him. There’s a good chance that Smith ends up a five-star prospect when scouting services do their next update in the rankings. If he does get a ratings bump, Smith would be the first five-star receiver Alabama has signed since Calvin Ridley back in 2015.
The nation’s No. 14 wide receiver actually compared himself to Ridley.
“Calvin (Ridley) is just like me. He’s a laid-back dude,” Smith said of Alabama’s star receiver. “He doesn’t like to do anything but just stay inside and chill. I like that a lot about him.”
Smith will get to see Ridley play in Saturday’s spring game as he makes his way back to Tuscaloosa. The receiver won’t only be watching Ridley when he visits.
“I want to see how their offense operates,” Smith said. “I know they have opened up their offense a lot this offseason, so I want to see that in action.”
Smith, who is Louisiana’s No. 3 prospect, was named the top receiver at the New Orleans camp Sunday and was invited to the prestigious final competition, which will be held at Nike headquarters this July.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
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.