POSITION: WIDE RECEIVER
STAR RANK: THREE-STAR
POSITION RANK: 59
COMMIT DATE: February 1, 2017
LEAD RECRUITER: Kirk Ferentz/Brian Ferentz
EVALUATION: Smith-Marsette is a long-limbed, lean and speedy wideout that Iowa focused in on late in the process. Every other school liked him as a defensive back, which makes some sense because of his athleticism, length, hip flexibility, and speed but the Hawkeyes love what he can do with the ball in his hands as they should. He'll be a bit raw for the position in terms of the finer technique and tools of the spot but a pretty high ceiling.
RECRUITMENT: He committed to Rutgers at the end of the 2016 calendar year as a cornerback. Iowa then offered and it motivated him to check out the campus on an official visit to Iowa City that went very, very well. The week following his trip to see the Hawkeye campus, he visited Minnesota where he committed on the spot. The Gophers were not able to hold onto his verbal pledge. He withdrew his decision to commit to the Gophers. After exiting both the Rutgers and Minnesota classes, Smith-Marsette elected to sign with Iowa on Signing Day.
OUTLOOK: The depth at wide receiver at Iowa suggests that he'll have a chance to be an early contributor, but because he's raw at the position he would most likely benefit largely by redshirting his first year on campus. That is the dilemma they'll have with their four wideouts. The best thing for them may be to redshirt their first year but they may not have that luxury. He'll be an outside receiver for the Hawkeyes.