Defensive back Saivion Smith started his college career in 2016 at LSU after being one of the most heavily recruited cornerbacks in his class out of IMG Academy.
He played in 10 games with the Tigers, recording four tackles. Smith was expected to play a much bigger role in Baton Rouge this season but decided to transfer in May, landing at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
As he looks ahead to the next step in his career, the SEC is beckoning again in the form of USC and Alabama. Those are his two offers at this point, and he visited Alabama unofficially over the weekend.
Smith said the Gamecocks are a factor with him because of his past relationship with Will Muschamp and Travaris Robinson when they were at Florida. They recruited him out of his hometown of St. Petersburg, Fla., and he hasn’t forgotten the love the two showed him back then.
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“I don’t really know much about South Carolina but I know about coach Muschamp and coach T-Rob. I’ve got a pretty good relationship with those two,” Smith said. “T-Rob likes me a lot. He wants me to come in and play right away and fill up a spot.”
Smith said Alabama is recruiting him hard at this point, and his visit there over the weekend gave him a good look at the Crimson Tide.
“They had a practice going on and we got to watch practice and go on a little tour,” Smith said. “They looked great, as always. It’s Alabama.”
So right now, Smith has the choice of an established national championship program or one that is building and hoping to get to that point one day.
Good news for the Gamecocks: Smith isn’t caught up in all the history of the programs.
“It’s really wherever I fit in best,” he said. “It doesn’t really matter if they are trying to rebuild or they’ve already got it. It’s wherever I fit in best.”
Smith said he’s not rushing into this decision and he he plans to take officials to USC and Alabama. And he doesn’t have a favorite between the two. He will be a December graduate with three years to play two.
Smith’s team opens its season this Thursday night.
▪ USC QB commitment Dakereon Joyner of Fort Dorchester was 13-17 for 253 yards and 4 TDs on Saturday in his second game of the season.
▪ USC basketball target Jericole Hellems of St. Louis visited NC State over the weekend.