2022 LB Devin Smith enjoys visit to FSU’s second spring scrimmage

This past weekend, Florida State had a successful second spring scrimmage, both on the field and off of it. Multiple recruits were in Tallahassee to watch the action and came away impressed with what they were able to see.

2022 three-star linebacker Devin Smith was one of the visitors in attendance after being invited by linebackers coach Chris Marve.

“It was the middle of the week,” Smith said. “The big thing that I made sure to know was that coach Marve, he had hit me up, texted me, and made sure that I knew that I was invited to come watch the second spring scrimmage. I enjoyed it.”

“It was pretty cool,” Smith continued. “The intensity of it, the tempo, that’s what I liked to see from it.”

Smith spent a lot of his time watching Marve to get a feel for his coaching style. He also saw the linebackers making plays and lining up in different positions. Redshirt sophomore Amari Gainer was one of the players that stood out to him.

“With coach Marve,” Smith said. “He was just bouncing around and making sure the linebackers were doing what they needed to do. I saw a bunch of flashes from a couple linebackers. Amari Gainer, he stood out, he was in on almost every play it seemed like. I also saw that they were bumping around to the outside and the box.”

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Once the scrimmage wrapped up, the Oakleaf High School product got a chance to step onto the field at Doak Campbell Stadium.

“We just went by the stadium and walked around it afterward,” Smith said. “I got some pictures down on the field. I got to see Doak Campbell from the players’ perspective.”

Florida State offered Smith about a year ago and the coaching staff has continued to make him a priority. He speaks with coach Marve at least once a week and the Seminoles remain near the top of his recruitment. Smith will also return for the spring game on April 10.

“It’s the same relationship I think,” Smith said. “Coach Marve, he calls me every week to touch base with each other, see how everything is going.”

“They’re up there,” Smith continued. “I think they’re one of the top schools with their interest in me and they’ve made me a priority since they extended the offer. The coaching staff, the defensive coordinator, everybody is on board with showing me interest.”

The Florida native has spent most of his offseason recovering from a torn labrum that he suffered four games into his junior season. He’ll likely miss spring practice with the goal to be cleared later this summer.

“It’s been good,” Smith said. “I’ve recently been cleared to start back lifting. I’ll be able to participate in some spring workouts. I just want to build it back up slowly. I’m not doing contact, the surgeon doesn’t want me doing it, I’ll most likely miss the spring, my spring game, and padded stuff we got going on. By the summer, maybe like June or July, that’s when I’ll be fully cleared.”

The 6-foot-2, 235-pound linebacker will take official visits this summer and he’d like to make a commitment prior to the start of his senior season. Smith is currently ranked as the No. 651 overall prospect, No. 41 OLB, and the No. 85 player in the state of Florida in the 2022 class according to 247Sports.

Stick with NoleGameday for the latest on Smith throughout his senior season.

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