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La Salle 2021 defensive back Devonta Smith decides to open his college recruitment

Posted at 3:41 PM, Jun 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-25 15:58:15-04

GREEN TOWNSHIP, Ohio — La Salle 2021 defensive back Devonta Smith announced on Twitter Thursday afternoon he has opened his recruiting after he had been verbally committed to Ohio State since mid-March.

La Salle coach Pat McLaughlin confirmed to WCPO Smith's college recruitment is open.

Smith, who announced his verbal commitment to Ohio State in mid-March, is a four-star recruit by 247 Sports.

Smith, who is 6 feet and 185 pounds, is rated the nation's No. 23 cornerback and the No. 8 player overall in Ohio in the 2021 class.

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Smith had about 30 scholarship offers overall earlier this year including the University of Cincinnati, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Alabama, Oklahoma, Michigan State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Oregon, Kentucky and others. Louisiana State University showed interest, too.

Smith, the Greater Catholic League South division all-purpose player of the year in 2019, had 38 tackles (27 solo), three interceptions and a fumble recovery last season, according to the conference website.

Smith, a Division II third-team all-state selection, also had 11 receptions for 271 yards and five touchdowns for the Lancers (13-2), who won the Division II state title.

The NCAA early signing period starts Dec. 16.

La Salle open the 2020 season at Lakota West in the second game of a home-and-home agreement that was agreed upon in September 2018.