Size: 6-2, 192
High School: IMG Academy
Hometown: St. Petersburg, Fla.
One of the most highly recruited players in the 2016 signing class, Saivion Smith picked LSU over Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State and other powers. The five-star cornerback and No. 2 overall cornerback committed to LSU almost a year away from his own signing day in late February.
"They just have a great tradition and good defensive backs," Smith said. "They're definitely DB U and (defensive backs) coach (Corey) Raymond is really going to treat you well."
It was a huge land for LSU to get Smith that early and keep him. He'll be a large part in shoring up a secondary that fell off a bit last season.
Smith has outstanding length at the cornerback position and that will allow him to get some early playing time because of it. He's physically ready to get time right off the bat. The knock on Smith out of high school was his tackling, but with more instruction, that will improve.
When Tre'Davious White slides in to the nickel, that has Kevin Toliver and Donte Jackson on the outside. Smith would be right behind them and with Corey Raymond liking to rotate defensive backs in general, that will help Smith see the field earlier. Smith will also see time in the nickel at times as he was told by Raymond during his recruitment.
Smith is an uber-talented cornerback to add to the roster along with fellow freshman Kristian Fulton. Expect to see a lot of him early on as Les Miles has alluded to at times. He'll bring a real playmaking edge to the secondary.