CINCINNATI — (247 Sports) The Alabama Crimson Tide continued its recent recruiting run Monday night as it secured a commitment from three-star defensive back DeVonta Smith. The Cincinnati native is the ninth member of Alabama's 2021 class and the sixth player to commit to the Crimson Tide since May.
Smith, 6-foot, 185 pounds, is rated as the No. 32 cornerback in the nation. He joins four-star safety Kaine Williams as the two defensive backs currently committed to Alabama.
Smith is coming off a junior season in which he recorded 38 tackles, three interceptions and a fumble recovery on defense as well as 11 receptions for 271 yards and five touchdowns on offense while leading La Salle High School to a state championship. He has no relation to the current Alabama senior receiver who shares the same name.
Smith was a third-team All-Ohio selection last season, helping lead La Salle to a Division II state championship. He finished the year with 38 total tackles, three interceptions and a forced fumble. On offense, he had 11 receptions for 271 yards and five touchdowns.
Smith held nearly 30 Division I offers, including UC, Kentucky, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Tennessee.