Five-star wide receiver Devonta Smith excited to begin Alabama career later this month

AMITE, La. -- Scout recently caught up with five-star wide receiver and Alabame signee Devonta Smith ahead of his enrollment later this month.

On National Signing Day 2017, Alabama landed several big fish en route to another No. 1 class on Scout. One of the biggest gets was a five-star from Louisiana in Amite High School wide receiver Devonta Smith

It completed UA's elite wide receiver haul of four Scout100 prospects at the position, featuring Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs and Tyrell Shavers in addition to Smith, the highest-rated of the bunch.

The four will each be on campus together by the time the calendar flips to June.

"Just ready to get away from here and start the next chapter in my life," Smith told Billy Embody. "I've really just been in the weight room and doing a lot of running."

The long and lean Smith, who is listed between 160 and 170 pounds depending on the outlet, knows the focus of his time in Tuscaloosa will begin with his weight, especially following basketball and track seasons at Amite. 

"The weight program, just ready to add this weight on," he said, mentioning Alabama strength coach Scott Cochran. "He is ready to see what it's going to do to me. If I put in on the way he thinks it will be the best 180 he's done. Put a lot of work into it and it will be the biggest improvement. 

"They plan on playing me at 170, 175 (pounds). I see myself being 190, 185 something like that, eventually."

The No. 3 wide receiver in the class of 2017 was last in Tuscaloosa for A-Day and like many onlookers, became impressed with the vertical ability of the Alabama offense under new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll.

Smith says he's been in contact with Nick Saban's new play-caller. 

"He is a good coach and I like what he's doing with the offense," he said. "The offense is opening up, I like it. I like what I'm seeing from the quarterbacks and everything all around."

One of the standouts from the spring and the game itself was fellow Army All-American and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, one of the key pieces in the latest top-ranked Alabama class.

"Tua is a great person, good quarterback and a great leader," Smith said.

A great student could be assigned to many in the class, especially Smith following his standing among Amite senior students to wrap up the academic side of the equation.

The remainder of Alabama's class of 2017, which featured 16 January enrollees, is set to begin classes and workouts soon after arriving in the coming weeks. Could both fields become a smooth transition for one of the highest-rated prospects in America?

All will soon find out. 

"Come in, compete and do what I've got to do," Smith said of freshman expectations.

Interview conducted by Scout's Billy Embody. 

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