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Today, we discuss a possible offer to a fast-rising in-state cornerback.
NEW ORLEANS — Eddie Smith has been 1 of Louisiana’s most polarizing recruits this spring.
From no offers to 16 in a 2-month span, the 3-star cornerback from Salmen (La.) High School in Slidell is awed by the twists and turns in his recruitment.
Three schools stand out to Smith, including Oregon State and Mississippi State. Both extended offers this spring. The third school is LSU, which Smith visited for the “Boys From The Boot” camp and a scrimmage on April 6. Smith continues to wait on an LSU offer.
“It’s just been crazy blowing up the past few months. I’ve just been getting offers everywhere,” Smith told SEC Country at the Pylon 7-on-7 event in New Orleans. “LSU is in my top 3 with Mississippi State and Oregon State. They’re a good school. Oregon State is at the top because my brother played there. Now, he’s going to the league. They told me I can play early there, too, because I’m a versatile player that can play corner and return kickoffs.”
Smith’s brother is Treston Decoud, who started 21 games for Oregon State, including 12 during his senior season in 2016. As Decoud works toward an NFL career, his younger brother is selecting where he’ll play his college ball.
A 6-foot, 175-pound cornerback, Smith believes he is close to earning an offer from the Tigers. He and LSU defensive backs coach Corey Raymond talk almost daily.
“The visit was good,” Smith said. “I had never seen the academics, so I didn’t know it was that good. But I like the new offense and the defensive backs are always good.”
Raymond continued to court Smith even though he has yet to offer him, informing Louisiana’s No. 30 overall prospect that he believes he is among the best cornerbacks in the 2018 recruiting class. Smith proved as much this spring, showing good form and elite coverage ability to go with his lengthy build.
LSU holds commitments from 2 corners in its 2018 recruiting class: Kelvin Joseph and Nadab Joseph. The team holds verbal pledges from 4 defensive backs, including safety Caden Sterns and nickel Ar’Darius Washington.
Raymond is pushing hard for Florida corners Patrick Surtain Jr. and Tyson Campbell, as well as Texas corner Jalen Green. Smith, however, emerged as a name to monitor on LSU’s board.
“We’ve been talking a lot lately and he (Raymond) feels like I’m one of the best corners in the state,” Smith said. “We stay in touch and I think they’re going to offer soon. That would mean a lot because growing up, LSU has been my favorite team. If I get the chance to play there, that would be good.”
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