Tragic flooding impacting Tide recruiting


Historic flooding has devastated the southern part of Louisiana killing 13 and displacing thousands. In response to the disaster Alabama football has mobilized to help the victims of the floods, collecting supplies and money across Tuscaloosa.

The work of Alabama football still continues however and the Tide continue on the recruiting trail across the south, including Louisiana. The epic flooding has made that difficult however and the most recent example of this is the pursuit of 4-star wide receiver from Amite (La.) High School, Devonta Smith. Alabama has long been considered the favorite to land Smith, but Miami and LSU have recently closed the gap.

Smith had been set to announce his decision this past Monday but was forced to postpone his decision until National Signing Day.

"I'm going to have to wait until February," Smith told SEC Country. "To be honest, I don't know (what will separate LSU, Alabama and Miami). I knew I was going to get up to the table (last week) and pick right then, and I wasn't able to do that."

"I really didn't know what I wanted to do," Smith explained. "The main reason I pushed it back was due to all the flooding and the tragedy that's happening. Right now, I'm not worried about the recruitment. The season is coming and I have all the way to February. I have a lot of time, so I don't have to rush anything."