LSU gets commit from in-state TE

Lake Charles, La. has been kind to LSU in recent days.

DeSean Smith, a tight end from Lake Charles' Barbe High School and the No. 143 player on the ESPN 150, committed to LSU coach Les Miles on Monday. He became LSU's 18th commitment and second in four days from Lake Charles, the southwestern Louisiana town of about 70,000 people.

On Friday, linebacker Melvin Jones of Washington-Marion High committed.

"Me and Melvin have been best friends since we were real little," Smith said. "But I really wasn't thinking of that at all. I've been thinking of it for about a month now."

He said his comfort level with LSU shot up when he visited campus for LSU's spring game and watched new Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenberger air it out, showing a more potent passing offense than the Tigers have had in recent seasons. Smith comes from a high school program that runs a wide-open offense that often utilizes the multi-talented Smith at wide receiver.

"That was very impressive," Smith said of the LSU pass attack that day. "It put a big smile on my face."

Smith, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound pass-catching tight end, said he wanted to make his pick at the U.S. Army All-American game after the season. Lately, however, he said he started feeling like he was ready to make the choice much sooner. Over the weekend, he said Florida and LSU were his leaders.

"But I talked it over with my dad, and after going over things, we felt more at home at LSU," he said.