SAN ANTONIO, Texas — DeVonta Smith has been squarely atop LSU’s offensive wish list since the start of the spring.
After all, he’s wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig’s No. 1 priority and used to be recruited by area recruiter Ed Orgeron, who is now the Tigers’ head coach.
The addition of offensive coordinator Matt Canada has added a boost, too. Canada’s initial conversation with the 4-star Amite (La.) wide receiver led to an official visit set for Jan. 13, where Smith hopes to hear more positive ideas about how he could be utilized in Baton Rouge.
“We’re still getting to know each other, but things are coming along good,” Smith told SEC Country after Day 3 of practice for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
“He’s telling me good things about what he’s going to do with the offense and moving the receivers around. I won’t be just limited to one spot; he’ll be able to move me around the offense and get me involved.”
LSU remains on par with Alabama and Miami among Smith’s top schools. All three will get an official visit from the 6-foot-1, 160-pound wide receiver this month.
Sources close to Smith insist that the Tigers are gaining steam with the Louisiana native, though he indicated he is still keeping his options open as National Signing Day approaches.
“It’s still laid back, but a lot of places have fallen back. It’s LSU, Miami and ‘Bama,” Smith said. “Everyone is still equal right now.”
Smith will head to LSU first before Alabama (Jan. 20) and Miami (Jan. 27).
The final visit may be the biggest X-factor in his decision considering he lives an hour outside of LSU’s campus and has been to LSU and Alabama way more than he has to Miami.
“Really, with Miami, I have to see Miami,” he said. “It’s the only place I have to see a lot of the academics. Everything else is about my parents getting a feeling of how it is.”
Smith stated that he was impressed with the strides that LSU’s program has made in such a short time and that he’s a fan of their academics. He plans on majoring in sports management.
It will be important for Orgeron to retain Craig, who has been rumored to be mulling a job on Willie Taggart’s staff in Orgeron. Craig has spearheaded Smith’s recruitment from the spring, bringing LSU a far way from March until now.
“Really, that would be important,” Smith said of Craig staying at LSU.
“If he leaves, another wide receivers coach would come in and it would probably be too late to get to know him because signing day is just a few weeks away.”
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