Signee Update: Desean Smith

Desean Smith will bring an element to the LSU offense that has been lacking for several years. A true pass-catching TE, Smith seems poised to see the field early in his freshman season as the Tigers look to spread out the passing game under new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.

LSU fans have expected the tight end to become a bigger part of the passing game for years. It's something that's been promised, and with new offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron on board, it's something that finally seems probable.

Desean Smith is a big reason why. A true pass-catching TE, Smith will bring a weapon to LSU's offense in 2013 that the team has lacked for the last few seasons.

As part of TSD's series breaking down the 2013 signees before they report to campus, check out this breakdown of what led Smith to LSU, his skillset and what impact he'll have in his freshman season.

Recruiting Rewind

Smith emerged on the recruiting scene in the summer after his sophomore year. He picked up his first offer, from Texas A&M, after camping in College Station. Then two days later, LSU entered the mix, offering Smith at their camp. Though Smith was high on A&M after that offer, LSU quickly went to the top, and his love for the Tigers only solidified with each visit to campus. He made trips to Baton Rouge the following fall, for LSU's game against Florida, then again for the Tigers' Spring Game, and after each subsequent visit, LSU separated itself from A&M and the other schools on his double-digit offer list. Though Smith originally planned to announce his commitment at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, he couldn't wait past the summer, making his decision final in July 2012.

Skills Analysis

Smith has WR ability in a TE's body. At 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, he's a major weapon in the red zone, and can create mismatches with linebackers and safeties. He has great hands for a TE, and can run crisp routes with fluid movement. He also shows solid body control on balls in the air and can adjust to throws that aren't on the money. Coming from a pass-heavy offense at Barbe, he'll need to improve in the blocking game to become a more well-rounded TE. But catching passes is his forte, and that's something he'll bring in his first season on campus.

Freshman Impact

It's not unreasonable to expect that Smith will see the field plenty in 2013. Cameron desperately wants to implement a pass-catching TE into his offense, and the three currently on the roster — Dillon Gordon, Logan Stokes and Travis Dickson — didn't blow anyone away this spring with their receiving ability. That leaves a big hole for Smith to fill. He has the skillset to match it and the intelligence to pick up the offense quickly. Because he still has room to improve in the blocking game, he may not be an every-down TE, but when LSU is looking to throw it, Smith is certainly expected to be on the field.


Leading up until June 7, the day when signees report, TSD is breaking down each one with analysis and the latest on their preparation for LSU. In case you missed any of our previous updates, the full list is below:

DE Michael Patterson
DE Lewis Neal
DE Tashawn Bower
WR Kevin Spears
OL K.J. Malone
CB Tre'Davious White
LB Kendell Beckwith
DEF Melvin Jones
OG Josh Boutte
DT Greg Gilmore
DE Frank Herron

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