Linebacker Rahshaun Smith announced Thursday that he has decommitted from Clemson.
That's good news for LSU as they stand to be one of the programs that benefits most from Smith's decision. LSU has been targeting Smith since they offered him in late February. He committed to Clemson about a month later, but LSU maintained its interest in the four-star linebacker.
That steady recruitment made Smith want to take an official visit to LSU, but Clemson has a policy that prevents its commits from taking OVs elsewhere. That was the primary factor behind his decision to decommit.
Smith told Scout's Corey Bender he will take an official visit to LSU for the Tigers' game against Florida on Oct. 17. That would be his first visit to Baton Rouge.
Rahshaun Smith is teammates with LSU commit Saivion Smith at the IMG Academy, also home to LSU targets Shavar Manuel and Drake Davis. The Tigers have sold the four-star linebacker on immediate playing time as LSU could have to replace all three starting linebackers from this year's team.
Smith also plans to officially visit Miami and Georgia, in addition to Clemson. He's originally from Baltimore, so Maryland is also a player in his recruitment. He doesn't plan to take an OV there, so that fifth spot is still up for grabs.
LSU currently has two linebackers committed in this class (Erick Fowler, Rahssan Thornton) and want to take at least four. Michael Divinity is the only LSU target in Louisiana, and the Tigers are after several major out-of-state recruits including Smith.
LSU LB target eyes OV after Clemson decommit
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