One of the nation’s premier wide receivers was spotted at LSU’s spring practice session on Tuesday afternoon.
Asked what compelled him to attend, Devonta Smith responded, “Why not go?”
Smith’s comical answer may hold some truth, but the four-star wide receiver was certainly in attendance for a reason.
Smith’s interest level in LSU is expected to take off if and when the offense begins to install more spread principles, which has been a longstanding expectation.
One of the assistant coaches charged with turning that talk into reality is first-year wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig, who was in Smith’s ear much of Tuesday afternoon.
“I spoke with Coach Craig, Coach (Jabbar) Juluke, Coach (Les) Miles, Coach (Corey) Raymond and Coach (Cam) Cameron,” Smith told SEC Country. “They didn’t really have a message; they were just glad to see me, and I just sat with Coach Craig mostly laughing.”
The relationship between Smith and Craig is of paramount importance, particularly as LSU tries to sway the speedy 6-foot, 165-pound receiver to remain home despite a high level of interest from other programs across the nation.
With Smith on the sidelines, the Tigers might have provided a glimpse into their future during 7-on-7 drills.
Smith said the team opened things up — a bit — which is something he’s consistently told SEC Country has to happen for him to continue to consider LSU.
“I couldn’t really tell because I didn’t see them go into full team (drills),” Smith said,” but I saw some 7-on-7s and (them open it up).”
Craig has been at LSU for more than a month and continues to work on developing a relationship with the Amite High School (Amite City, La.) product.
Consider Smith’s relationship with the Tigers’ new wide receivers position coach equally as important as the offense’s evolution moving forward.
“It’s been going good, and that means a lot because it’s your position coach,” Smith said. “I like the way he pushes the receivers.”
Asked what impact Craig has had on LSU and its chances with the wide receiver, Smith’s answer was quite clear.
“The offense has to open up,” he said. “It would (change my perception) a lot.”