The LSU campus has a different atmosphere on a school day than on a game day.
And TE commit Desean Smith is ready for a new experience when he makes his official visit to campus this weekend. With his last trip coming for LSU's game against Ole Miss on Nov. 17, Smith said this visit is all about getting to know his future teammates and coaches.
"Getting to meet everybody, the players if they're there and the coaches," Smith said. "Getting to socialize. Meeting the family and having some fun."
This trip comes only a few weeks after Smith went to San Antonio for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, where he played with five future Tigers — Hayden Rettig, John Diarse, Josh Boutte, Tre'Davious White and Frank Herron.
"It was unbelievable," Smith said. "It was a blessing. It was a really good experience and not everybody gets that opportunity. I was pretty humble to be there. I got to meet a whole bunch of people."
He also got valuable reps with Rettig, one of his possible future quarterbacks. Smith was one of the outstanding offensive performers throughout the week of practice, and that paid off as he was targeted numerous times in the game.
"They threw me around four or five," Smith said. "They were underthrown and overthrown, but we only had a week to get time with each other. But I caught a two-point conversion, and I met some cool people…Getting to socialize was the best part."
Smith serves as a part of a restocking at the TE position after LSU lost seniors Chase Clement and Travis Edwards, and most expect Nic Jacobs to not return to the team. Smith joins Logan Stokes, a JUCO TE who enrolled last week, as members of the 2013 class in addition to the current TEs on the roster — Travis Dickson and Dillon Gordon.
Still, Smith anticipates competing for early playing time.
"I know [the coaches] say that, and I don't have a really good chance of getting a lot of playing time," Smith said. "But I'm still going to work my butt off and work for it…That's the position that I'm playing so I'm looking to battle for it."
Smith hopes to build off an impressive season in which he led a high-powered Barbe offense to the state championship. Though they ultimately fell short to Rummel in the final game, Smith couldn't have asked for a better way to finish his high school career.
"My senior year was unbelievable," Smith said. "I'm blessed to make it all the way to the state championship. Either way, win or lose, the next week it would have been over for high school football. So I'm glad we went out in the state championship, and I also had a great game. It was good to score in front of 30,000 people."
And the next time Smith steps onto a field, it could be in front of 90,000 people in Tiger Stadium. And he hopes this upcoming official visit gives him a solid preview of what his next four years could be like.
"I'm so pumped up…It's coming fast," Smith said. "And hopefully I'll be playing my freshman year in September."
Smith ready for official visit
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