Projecting Where 5-Star WR DeVonta Smith Will Commit

    Five-star wide receiver DeVonta Smith's commitment is looming as National Signing Day approaches. The Campus Insiders staff gave its predictions on where the nation's No. 3 wide receiver will end up.

    January 25, 2017

    Five-star wide receiver DeVonta Smith’s commitment is looming as National Signing Day approaches. The Campus Insiders staff gave its predictions on where the nation’s No. 3 wide receiver will end up. 


    One of the country’s elite wide receivers is still on the market. And with National Signing Day set for Wednesday, there isn’t a whole lot of time left for him to make a decision.

    Florida State and Miami are certainly in it, as the Hurricanes are scheduled to receive the final official visit for DeVonta Smith, the nation’s No. 3 wide receiver and No. 26 overall player, this weekend. The Seminoles hosted him on Jan. 15, too.

    But this has been an Alabama-LSU battle for a while now. Smith, a native of Amite, Louisiana, officially visited Baton Rouge on Jan. 13 and was in Tuscaloosa this past weekend.

    The Campus Insiders staff got together and offered predictions for where the 5-star wide receiver will send his National Letter of Intent.

    Robert Judin

    He’s going to Alabama. There isn’t much more to it than that. I don’t care about what Matt Canada or Ed Orgeron can offer him. This has been the Crimson Tide’s race to lose for a long, long time. It’s certainly fair to say LSU has made up ground, but it’s not a significant amount for the Tigers. Alabama already has Tyrell Shavers and Jerry Jeudy, and it’s going to add Smith to the mix. For the next three to four years, the Tide will have one of the best wide receiver corps in the nation.

    Brian Stultz

    If Les Miles and Cam Cameron were still in charge of the offense in Baton Rouge, this would be an easy choice as he would go to Tuscaloosa. But Matt Canada is now the offensive coordinator, and the promise of a more open offense is looming. In the last minute, I think he snubs Saban and the Crimson Tide for the Tigers.

    Dave Miller

    The Louisiana native has very likely seen a lot of ugly LSU offensive football during his Saturday TV viewing over the last few years, so that right there may put the Tigers at a disadvantage for his pledge. The Bayou Bengals accumulated a tremendous amount of talent on both sides of the ball during the Les Miles era, but stubborn offensive coaching left a lot to be desired on that side of the ball. Well, new head coach Ed Orgeron has proven that he wants to open up the offense. And new OC Matt Canada is a very creative play-caller. Alabama may be considered the leader, but I think Coach O ultimately sells Smith on staying in-state with the Tigers, and they get a real nice piece to their 2017 class.

    Jeff Bartl

    The LSU fan base isn’t going to like this very much. Losing one of the state’s best prospects to Alabama isn’t ideal for Ed Orgeron, especially when he brought in Matt Canada to spruce up a vanilla offense. Instead, Smith will spurn the Tigers and star for the Crimson Tide.

    Kurt Schwerman

    My crystal ball is telling me Smith is headed to Tuscaloosa. Calvin Ridley is likely going to be entering the NFL Draft following next season, leaving an opportunity for someone to step in and take his spot as the team’s number one wide receiver. And given that Jalen Hurts looks like he’s well on his way to being one of college football’s top quarterbacks, why wouldn’t Smith want to get in on the Alabama party?

    Jonathan Bass

    The departures of Malachi Dupre and Travin Dural open up some room for Smith to play immediately at LSU. Now, having watched the aforementioned players’ college careers essentially wither away (see: not maximize on enormous potential), one would have to ask why any wideout in his right mind would ever want to attend LSU. Well, that’s part of the reason Les Miles was given the boot and Ed Orgeron is now in charge: to revive a stagnant, unimaginative offense. Dupre and Dural will excel in the NFL, following in the footsteps of Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry, and Smith will attend his home-state school with visions of being the first Tigers wideout in quite some time to be properly utilized.

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