Smith will visit LSU this summer

Telvin Smith has his eye on the Tigers

When it comes to the South's top linebackers, Telvin Smith makes a good argument to keep his name in the discussion. Though Florida State has been named an early leader, a recent offer from LSU has the junior keeping his options open.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Valdosta standout is one of the country’s premier middle linebackers, starting the past two seasons at the spot for powerhouse Lowndes High and recording 97 total tackles, two interceptions, three quarterback hurries and one sack during his junior campaign.

Early attention came from Florida State and Georgia Tech by way of offers, followed by Smith naming both teams his leaders.

Headed into the summer stretch, however, the junior is taking a new stance.

“I don’t think that I am that interested in Georgia Tech anymore,” said Smith, who holds offers from FSU, LSU, Louisville, Ole Miss, Purdue and UCF, amongst others. “I have been hearing from some other schools and I just want to take things in a different direction.”

One school that looks to benefit is LSU, and the junior said that this month’s offer went a long way in pushing the Tigers to the front of his mind.

“Things with LSU got pretty good last week when I got my written offer in the mail,” he said. “I talked to the coaches before that, and they told me that I was the kind of linebacker that they need. When the offer came, I could not believe it was all happening.

“They have some Georgia linebackers there now, so they said that I could keep that trend up.”

While he has not made any visits to the Tiger campus, the 4-star said that he has a good feel for the LSU program.

“Everyone talks about the stadium, so the fans are the first thing that come to mind,” he said. “I have seen a lot from LSU on television, and they have a lot of top players. That is what has me interested in hearing more.”

As for summer plans, he said that a trip to Baton Rouge is on the docket.

“I wanted to get over for the spring game, but it did not work out,” he said. “I am going to get there for camp this summer, and I will also use that time to get more familiar with the staff. I really like what I have heard in a short time, so I am ready for more.”

As for a timeframe for a decision, Smith said that his future should be decided by the opening of his senior campaign.

“I was going to wait it out until after the season, but I talked with some older guys and they said that I should make it before the school year starts,” he said. “I just got a 16 on the ACT, so I would rather spend my time focusing on my academics.”

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