DeVonta Smith (WR)
CB has kept you in the loop regarding Smith’s recruitment during this cycle. And, Smith to his credit, kept most of his recruiting close to the vest. With much of the Tide’s proven depth having now graduated, or frankly haven not panned out to-date, Smith was a high priority target for the Alabama staff.
The 6’1”, 157 burner out of Amite, Louisiana is the third-ranked prospect at his position this class. He is a tremendously explosive receiver that plants and then makes moves in the open field — think Deandre Hopkins or AJ Green-type speed and glissando body control. This is a player Alabama can rely on to turn short gains into touchdowns. In the Tide’s ball control option passing attack, that is invaluable.
A smooth wide receiver who plays fast. He gets off the ball quick and really sets up defenders well. He is explosive on the football field. He catches the ball well and knows how to make adjustments on the ball. Once he gets the ball in his hands, he is elusive in the open field * * * He constantly runs away from defenders. He really knows how to stick his foot in the ground and shoot out of his breaks when running routes. Overall, he is a dynamic playmaker. He knows how to make big play after big play.
The five-star athlete had committed to Georgia in 2015. Following Mark Richt’s termination, Smith opened up his recruitment to 10 additional teams, and then narrowed the choices down to home state LSU, Richt’s Miami, and the Crimson Tide. DeVonta is a Warrick Dunn finalist for best HS receiver