Craig Smith, a three-star JUCO All-American offensive tackle from Tyler, Tex./Community College, has landed at Louisiana-Lafayette.
The news was reported by Tim Buckley of the Daily Advertiser.
BREAKING: UL signs Craig Smith, 6-6 1/2, 300-plus-pound OT; was juco All-American at Tyler JC, signed earlier this year with West Virginia.
— Tim Buckley (@TDARaginCajuns) August 12, 2016
As Buckley references in his Tweet, Smith is a former West Virginia signee. Buckley’s reporting points out the fact that Smith did not academically qualify to play for West Virginia, but he will have three years to play two for UL. Smith was also at one time committed to South Florida coming out of West Palm Beach, Fla. (Royal Palm Beach).
What are the Ragin’ Cajuns getting out of Smith? Here’s what he thinks about himself, per Ryan Bartow of 247Sports when he signed with WVU.
“I bring some level of athleticism,” Smith said. “I’ve worked in this same scheme since my sophomore year of high school so I bring a lot of experience.”
The scheme may not be the same at UL but it’s well worth noting that Smith was a first team NJCAA All-American at Tyler this past year. 247Sports lists him at 6-foot-7, 305 pounds and ranks him as the No. 23 JUCO offensive tackle in the 2016 class, according to the industry generated 247Sports Composite rankings.
Smith also had offers from UCF and of course, USF and WVU, but per Buckley West Virginia wanted him to enroll in January, while UL was able to take him as a late addition to the 2016 class.
LandingSmith is big for the Ragin’ Cajuns. He obviously has the size you look for in an offensive tackle and he has Power 5 talent. If he can keep his academics in line, he’ll be a big pickup for the program