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Seminoles continuing to make 2022 LB Devin Smith a priority

Florida State is looking to add multiple linebackers in the 2022 class and one longtime target near the top of the board is three-star inside linebacker Devin Smith. The Seminoles offered Smith in April and he named them his favorites over the summer. The coaching staff has continued to make him a priority throughout his recruitment.

“Florida State, those guys have been on me since day one when they first offered me,” Smith said. “The coaching staff has made sure I’m a player that’s a priority for their 2022 class. The coaching staff’s from Georgia Tech, Nebraska, I can tell they’re very interested in me. Michigan is one of my most recent offers and I have a great relationship with the recruiter there too.”



Smith got off to a fast start as a junior, averaging 8.5 tackles per game before a torn labrum in week four prematurely ended his season. He’s been progressing in his recovery over the past couple of months.

“It’s going pretty good,” Smith said. “I’m still recovering from a torn labrum that occurred in like week four of the season. I got surgery back in October, it’s been about three months and I’ve been rehabbing. Recently, I started back getting on the field, running, building my endurance, and working out with the therapist.”


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With the dead period currently being slated to be lifted in April, though that could change, Smith is hoping to take a few visits this offseason. Tallahassee will be one of his stops.

“Most likely I’ll go to Miami, Florida State,” Smith said. “Georgia Tech for sure, maybe Florida. Nebraska for an official visit.”

Florida State’s coaching staff has really stood out to the Orange Park during his recruitment. His main points of contact have been head coach Mike Norvell, defensive ends coach John Papuchis, and linebackers coach Chris Marve. He says they speak at least once a week.

“Florida State, they’re up top,” Smith said. “It’s them, Nebraska, and Georgia Tech that have coaching staffs that talk to me the most.”

“Coach Marve, he hits me up at least once every week to see how I’m doing with my recovery and how my family is doing,” Smith continued. “I think he’s a good guy, he checks up, he cares about me more than my football future. He wants me to learn how to be a better young man each day.”

It isn’t just the coaching staff, recent #Tribe22 commit Aaron Hester has also been talking to Smith about joining the class. The two have developed a close friendship over their high school careers.

“Yeah, we’re tight,” Smith said. “He [Aaron Hester] plays at Fletcher, not far from where I am. We’ve been locked in for about these past three months, just starting hitting each other up and asking about the recruiting process. I was asking him where he was gonna go and he told me straight up about two weeks beforehand that he was going to go ahead and commit to Florida State. Basically, he’s just been on me and wants me to go ahead and commit with him.”

Smith named the Seminoles his favorite last June, does he still feel the same way?

“Yes, they’re most definitely still one of my favorites for this recruiting process,” Smith said. “I deemed them as one of my favorites because coach JP, coach Marve, and coach Norvell have been on me since day one and they’ve been pointing out that they really want me.”

The 6-foot-2, 235-pound linebacker is planning to make a decision this summer and he’d also like to be an early enrollee. He’s currently ranked as the No. 524 overall prospect, the No. 36 OLB, and the No. 63 player in the state of Florida in the 2022 class according to 247Sports.

NoleGameday will continue to keep up with Smith and his interest in Florida State throughout his senior season.


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