Barbe senior tight end DeSean Smith, right, verbally committed to LSU on Monday, citing the Tigers’ stronger passing game as an alluring factor. (American Press)
Last Modified: Monday, July 02, 2012 7:53 PM
DeSean Smith knew what he wanted to see from the LSU offense before making his college decision official.
And the Barbe tight end, who will be a senior this coming season, saw it at the spring football game in March.
Smith verbally committed to LSU on Monday, citing the Tigers’ stronger passing game as an alluring factor.
“I figured it would be the best place for me, especially with the new offense they put in,” Smith said. “The way they played and performed at the spring game, the way they threw the ball made me very happy. That’s what I was looking for.”
Smith said LSU, Alabama and Florida were his top choices. He said he originally wanted to commit at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl after the season, but he knew his “gut feeling” toward LSU was right.
“I’m ready to settle down with things, so I told Coach Miles I’m ready to be a Tiger,” Smith said. “He said I made his day, he was speechless really. I could feel it through the phone.”
Smith (6-foot-4, 225 pounds) finished his junior regular season with 32 receptions for 616 yards and seven touchdowns. He racked up first-team all-district, all-state and all-Southwest Louisiana honors last year and is currently the No. 143 player on the ESPN 150.
Smith is LSU’s second verbal commitment from Lake Charles in four days, as Washington-Marion rising senior linebacker Melvin Jones committed to the Tigers on Friday. LSU now has 18 commitments for the 2013 class.