Tigers back on top
DeSean Smith
DeSean Smith
Louisiana/Texas Recruiting Analyst
Posted Apr 1, 2012

One of the country's top tight ends has a different perspective on LSU after this weekend.

The last couple of months have been hectic for Lake Charles (La.) Barbe tight end Desean Smith.

Smith saw his offer list grow significantly once college coaches put the finishing touches on their 2012 class as he went from a few offers from LSU, Alabama, Texas A&M, Boise State and Tennessee to his total of 18 that also includes Notre Dame, Florida, Auburn, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Clemson, Vanderbilt, and several others.

The new offers weren’t the only changes for Smith on the recruiting trail as he saw Alabama take the lead over LSU after the Tigers sat on top for nearly eight months.

This weekend, Smith took an unofficial visit to LSU for the Tigers’ spring game and now he has another change on his landscape.

"LSU has moved up to No. 1, definitely,” Smith said. “What I saw yesterday with them throwing the ball a ton definitely put them back at No. 1.

"The way they threw the ball was something I’ve never seen LSU do since I was little. They threw the ball so much and now that they don’t have an option quarterback you can see that they are going to be throwing the ball a lot. That’s really what put them back on top. I loved what I saw from the passing game yesterday.”

Smith spoke to LSU head coach Les Miles before kickoff and once the day’s festivities wrapped up he spent some time with tight ends coach Steve Ensminger and wide receivers coach Adam Henry.

“They asked me if I liked what I saw and they pointed out to me how I would be used in their offense and I can really see it now,” he said. “You can see that they are planning on throwing the ball more and that type of offense would really benefit a guy like me.”

Smith says that all of the schools pursuing him still have a shot and he isn’t closing the door on anyone at this stage of the game. However, he also made it clear that what he saw on Saturday was something he had been waiting to see from the boys clad in purple and gold.

“That really got me excited,” he said. “They have been saying that they were going to throw it more and they showed it. They said they could really use someone like me and I see myself fitting into that offense real well.”

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