DALLAS — It been has been a quiet start to the summer for Devonta Smith, which has given the elite wide receiver much time to contemplate his recruitment.
Following a busy spring, the 5-star talent has chosen Aug. 15 as his decision date.
Smith, a 6-foot-1, 160-pound prospect from Amite (La.) High School, does not have an official list of schools he’ll be choosing from, but he was adamant those in the discussion remain on a level playing field.
“I don’t have an official list of schools, but I cut it down,” Smith told SEC Country, referring to his original top 10, which was comprised of LSU, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, Ole Miss, Baylor, Notre Dame, Florida State, Miami and Nebraska.
“The top schools I’m considering are all about the same right now. I’m just going to look into some other things, talk to my parents and do what my mind and my heart tells me to do.”
The nation’s No. 10-rated wide receiver already has made several visits this spring, including stops in both Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Baton Rouge, La. Smith recently attended both Alabama’s and LSU’s prospect camps in June.
Smith, a one-time Georgia pledge, has plans to reunite with former Bulldogs coach Mark Richt in about two weeks when he visits Miami. He also aims to return to Florida State before eventually making his decision.
Based on where Smith has traveled to this spring and summer, LSU, Alabama, Miami and Florida State appear to be the most likely landing spots.
“It’s been a relaxing summer. I haven’t been doing a lot of visiting like I did, just resting,” he said.
Since Smith last visited LSU on June 9, the in-state Tigers have secured two more wide receiver commitments, giving them three in the 2017 recruiting class. In addition to 4-star junior college receiver Stephen Guidry, LSU has also added a pair of 4-star Texans, Mannie Netherly and Jhamon Ausbon, to the mix.
Nonetheless, Smith has remained LSU’s top wide receiver target, which means the team will keep a spot in the class open for him if he elects to commit to his hometown team.
“It doesn’t impact my decision at all,” Smith said of LSU’s three wide receiver commitments. “Everything is still the same, and I’m not going to rush anything.”
He is also well-aware of the fact that he remains LSU’s top offensive target in the class, which was made abundantly clear during his previous visit to campus.
There, he continued to foster his budding relationship with wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig, who has taken over Smith’s recruitment and provided him with one message since he joined LSU’s coaching staff.
“They want me to be a Tiger,” Smith said, bluntly. “It means a lot knowing it’s your in-state school. The more I talk to him (Craig), the more comfortable I feel. And I feel he’s a man that I could trust.”
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU 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 Tigers Stadium.