NEW ORLEANS — For the longest time, Devonta Smith has promised LSU would climb into his list of top schools if and when the in-state Tigers opened up their offense.
After taking in LSU’s scrimmage Saturday, that finally came to fruition.
The four-star wide receiver out of Amite High School (La.) was pleasantly surprised by the new look of the LSU offense over the weekend.
As a result, the state’s No. 3 prospect admitted the Tigers have improved their chances with the highly sought-after wide receiver.
“I like that they opened up their offense more,” Smith told SEC Country on Sunday at Nike’s “The Opening” regional camp in New Orleans.
“Yesterday at the scrimmage, they passed for more yards than they rushed for, and that really stood out to me. We have already had a relationship, but this just makes their chances better now that they are opening up their offense and getting the balls to their receivers.”
Smith left LSU out of his top three earlier this year because he wanted the offense to show some spread principles.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder was encouraged that change was coming after taking in one of the Tigers’ spring practice sessions in March when he began to get acquainted with new wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig.
Smith and Craig have continued to speak, which is an important factor for the wide receiver.
“I sat down and talked to (Craig) and he told me about all of the things I was expecting, and yesterday, I finally saw them,” Smith said. “I like the tempo of the offense. They really picked the pace up a lot.”
“Coach Craig is a funny dude,” he added. “He’s a great teacher, too, and he really coaches the wide receivers to the best of their abilities. He won’t let anyone quit on him.”
Smith admitted he could see himself in the purple and gold thanks to addition of Craig.
Craig’s promises have elevated LSU’s chances in the overall big picture of Smith’s recruitment, as well.
The Louisiana native downplayed that Alabama or Florida State were leading the way at this point, and instead called the race a leveled playing field until he can take his official visits.
“Everyone is equal,” Smith said. “No one is better than anyone else, and everyone is equal before I take my official visits. So LSU has as good a shot as anyone else.”
Smith is the No. 14 wide receiver in the country and the No. 88 player overall.
All rankings according to the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted