Terrebonne's Maason Smith, nation’s No. 1-ranked player, signs with LSU
LSU football coach Ed Orgeron often talks about the importance of keeping state football recruits at home.
Thanks to Terrebonne High School defensive lineman Maason Smith, Orgeron will keep the nation’s top recruit home in the bayou.
The five-star defensive lineman announced his decision to sign with LSU at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center on Wednesday. Smith chose LSU over three other finalists: Alabama, Georgia and Miami.
“It was a tough decision, but LSU made me their main focus from Day 1,” Smith said. “I’m happy to play close to home where my family can come see me play.”
Smith said he will graduate from Terrebonne this month and enroll for the spring semester at LSU in January.
Smith, who was picked as the nation's top rated senior recruit according to Rivals.com, recorded over 40 tackles and nine sacks as a senior
Smith was selected as a participant of 2021 All-American Bowl. He will be included as part of a two-hour “All-American Bowl: Declaration Day” honoring each of this year’s 100 All-Americans on Jan. 2 on NBC.
Terrebonne coach Gary Hill said Smith has worked hard to receive recognition.
“It’s a great accomplishment for him,” Hill said. “He’s put in a lot of work and he’s done a lot of great things while he was here that led to this opportunity. It’s a tribute to what he’s done. We’re very pleased and happy for him.”