The Opening New Orleans regional camp this past weekend featured plenty of talent from the state of Louisiana. With a big frame and strong showing in position work, 2018 cornerback Eddie Smith proved his place among that talent.
Scout caught up with the 6-foot, 175-pound Smith, who hails from Salmen High School in the New Orleans-area town of Slidell, following Sunday's camp, where Smith earned recognition among Scout's top defensive performers.
Smith's offer list includes Oregon State, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, Southern Miss, UAB, and several others. Smith has visited Louisiana Tech and LSU, which he checked out at this past Saturday's junior day.
"They haven't offered yet but they like me," said Smith, who added that he's heard from defensive backs coach Corey Raymond and head coach Ed Orgeron. "They said they really like me. I'm not sure what the wait is, but I guess they want to see my 40 and stuff."
Assistant head coach Joe Sloan recruits Smith for Louisiana Tech.
"They really like me, too," Smith said. "They want me back for another visit."
Smith's first Power Five conference offer arrived in late February from Oregon State, which is where childhood friend Treston Decoud played. Decoud started 12 games this past fall as a redshirt senior for the Beavers.
Smith said the offer came from Oregon State receivers coach Jason Phillips.
"They want me bad," Smith said. "They want me to be versatile and move around (the secondary)."
As a junior, Smith played on both sides of the ball at receiver and defensive back. He caught 11 passes for 275 yards and five touchdowns on an impressive 25 yards per reception. Defensively, Smith recorded 33 tackles, one tackle for loss, and two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.
With double-digit offers under his belt and a strong The Opening New Orleans performance following an impressive junior season, Smith is poised for his spring semester to continue bringing offers, including P5 programs. In the meantime, Smith said he's working to get better in preparation for his senior season.
"Really just need to get in better shape," Smith said, "because I play both sides of the ball."