Just four days after stating that he would be decommitting from Ohio State, Cincinnati La Salle three-star cornerback Devonta Smith announced on Twitter that he will be flipping his commitment Alabama.
— 🥀Devonta Smith🥀 (@Prince_Tay_) June 29, 2020
Smith is ranked as the No. 400 overall prospect and the 30th-best corner in his class, and will be the first cornerback commit for the Crimson Tide in 2021. Alabama has just one other commit – Marrero (La.) John Ehret four-star safety Kaine Williams – in the secondary for the 2021 class.
Ohio State still has five commitments in the secondary in 2021: St. Louis De Smet Jesuit four-star Jakailin Johnson, his cousin/teammate, three-star safety Jaylen Johnson, Nashville Ensworth four-star safety Andre Turrentine, Bowling Green (Ky.) South Warren four-star safety Jantzen Dunn, and Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro four-star athlete Denzel Burke, who is expected to play corner.
Smith had previously committed to the Buckeyes on March 12, and his decommitment means that Ohio State will be more active in its pursuits of other top-end corners in the 2021 class, including Virginia Beach (Va.) Princess Anne five-star cornerback Tony Grimes, Clemson four-star cornerback commit Jordan Hancock and Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway four-star safety Derrick Davis.
Grimes has Ohio State in his top four along and will announce his decision on Tuesday, while the Buckeyes will continue to try and flip Hancock from his pledge to the Tigers. Davis still plans to take all five official visits before making a decision.
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