The last time people heard from Smith, he was hauling in a touchdown with two minutes left to help Barbe rally from 27 points down to beat West Monroe in the Class 5A semifinals. The next time you see him, he could be hauling in touchdown passes for LSU. The nation’s No. 2-ranked tight end prospect by Rivals, the 6-foot-4, 241-pound Smith is expected to earn immediate playing time for the Tigers this fall.
The Advocate: What is it like being part of the tight end corps at LSU?
DeSean Smith: We have so many tight ends here, and all of us I believe will have a chance to play. When you have a lot of tight ends, no one will get tired. It’s going to be full speed, full speed, full speed. Defenses better realize we have a lot of backups.
TA: There are a lot of expectations on you. How do you deal with that?
DS: As of now I need to earn my position. You can see all the writeups that say you’re going to start, but I don’t go by that. I go by working really hard. I don’t see myself as starting right now. I see myself as a tight end who’s learning right now.
TA: What is your best attribute as a tight end?
CL: Receiving. I can definitely help out in our passing game. But our older guys are doing a great job, and I’m just trying to follow behind them and learn the system.