Deion Smith blows defenseman off for first career touchdown
LSU wide receiver Deion Smith landed his first career touchdown reception on Saturday night against the Central Michigan Chippewas at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. And that was one for the highlight reel.
The true freshman ended the Tigers’ first practice with a ridiculous hold in the end zone. With LSU’s offense just outside the red zone, quarterback Max Johnson lobbed a pass into the end zone for Smith, who passed his defenseman to score a 28-yard touchdown, giving the Tigers a 7-0 lead over the Chippewas.
The full game can be seen in the video below.
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Smith added his second career touchdown later in the first quarter, capturing a 40-yard shot from Johnson to give the Tigers a 21-0 lead with just under two minutes left in the first quarter.
Before Saturday night, Smith had only collected two receptions for 13 yards in the first two games of the season, both of which came in the Tigers’ 34-7 win over McNeese last week.
A former four-star rookie at Jackson Academy in Jackson, Mississippi, Smith was ranked No. 70 overall prospect and the nation’s No. 9 wide receiver for the 2021 class, according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite. He was also Mississippi’s top ranked player.
Here’s the full high school scouting report on Smith from Gabe Brooks, a 247Sports Midlands Region recruiting analyst, who screened the talented wideout as a potential NFL first-round selection:
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“Long, thin exterior receiver with a narrow core but room to expand. Impressive production against the Mississippi 5A competition with obvious playing ability. Good run-after-catch but better in the vertical passing game. Long stride speed generator. Shows good acceleration for a relatively longer build. Reaches turns fairly quickly. Tracks deep ball very well. Difficult confrontation when the ball is in the air. Shows promising mid-flight body control and an ability to win the ball.
“An encouraging second-year tester, but athletics lacks full context from both testing and track perspectives. Fairly quick but could get faster at the top. Sometimes a body catcher. Must add bulk and strength. Major receiver outlook with long-term cap for all conferences and the potential to reach the top half of the NFL Draft.