BEAVERTON, Ore. — The biggest LSU recruiting news of the week did not take place in the Pacific Northwest.
On the basketball trail, 5-star Scotlandville (La.) High School point guard Javonte Smart committed to LSU over Kentucky on Friday. Smart is not only a teammate of LSU defensive back commit Kelvin Joseph, but the cornerback’s best friend.
Smart informed Joseph of his plans a little before he went public with his decision, which went a long way in solidifying Joseph’s path to LSU, too.
“It was kind of funny,” Joseph told SEC Country on Sunday at Nike’s The Opening Finals. “Everyone was thinking he was going to Kentucky and all that. Then, Javonte committed and now we’re about to turn the city up because we’re from Baton Rouge.”
Yes, a 5-star point guard and 4-star cornerback from Baton Rouge are staying in their city.
To Joseph, that’s all a part of the plan. LSU should be keeping the best from The Boot in-state. Now, Smart and Joseph have to keep it going as they become the face of the LSU basketball and football programs, respectively.
“That’s a blessing. That’s how it should be,” Joseph said. “We’ve got to rep our city and the 225.”
Additionally, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound DB confirmed that Smart’s commitment to LSU all but cemented his own future.
Joseph reaffirmed his commitment to the Tigers as strong.
“That was nice,” he said. “We got two commits [from Scotlandville]. It did [solidify things].”