Not even 30 minutes after it was announced that Sam Petitto would be joining Alabama’s staff as an assistant director of player personnel, four-star wide receiver Devonta Smith de-committed from Georgia. That’s because Petitto, who was Georgia’s director of player personnel, had a very close relationship with Smith from his time in Louisiana. Smith considered Petitto one of the most important people in his life.
SEC Country was texting with Smith shortly before he announced his decision to de-commit from Georgia, but he maintained that Petitto’s decision to leave for Alabama wasn’t the main reason why he chose to back off of his pledge.
“I’ve been thinking about it ever since coach (Mark) Richt left,” Smith said. “Me and my family have been talking for a minute.”
Now that he’s on the market, Smith said he is considering Ole Miss, Alabama, Mississippi State, Georgia and Baylor.
With Petitto now at Alabama and his teammate, three-star safety Josh Perry, committed to the Crimson Tide, would he say that Bama is now in the driver’s seat to land his commitment?
“They are in the mix, but I wouldn’t say they are leading,” Smith said.
The 6-foot-1, 155-pounder said Ole Miss is the school that is recruiting him the hardest right now.