LSU Grabs Big-Time Tight End Recruit
"I've been waiting to do it, and I just couldn't wait any longer," Smith told 247Sports.com. "It's been hard to wait for two years to make a decision, and the last month or so I really thought about it a lot. After all of that, I said it's time to get it over with.
"Coach Miles was very excited, and he said I made his day and all that," he continued. "He couldn't stop laughing and just kept saying this was very big for me to give him the news. Coach Miles said there really wasn't much he could say other than I made his day."
As it should have. The 6'4", 225-pound TE is a nightmare for defenders up the seam, and is a mismatch for linebackers when split out.
But for a team that rarely utilizes the tight end in the passing game, Smith remains upbeat that he will contribute however he can:
"I see myself doing everything a tight end can do," he told William Weathers of TigerBait.com. "Catch, block, make big plays, make big blocks for (Les Miles') team to help win a national championship. I'm there to play for my team, not myself."
Tigers fans should feel pretty good about this committment, because it seems as if he will be an impact player for the next three-to-four years.
Smith joins a class that's stacked with talent; 13 of the 18 verbals (including himself) are 4-star recruits. He is currently ranked as the No. 3 tight end the country and the second-best prospect in the state of Louisiana, according to Rivals.
Before giving his verbal, he held offers from Alabama, Boise State, Florida, Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.
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