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LSU cornerback Saivion Smith (8) pulls in an interception in front of LSU wide receiver Dee Anderson (11) during LSU football's 2016 spring game.

Advocate staff file photo by BILL FEIG

Former LSU cornerback Saivion Smith announced Wednesday he has verbally committed to Alabama, The (Biloxi) Sun Herald reported.

An IMG Academy graduate, Smith originally enrolled early at LSU and played 10 games as a freshman, recording four tackles and knocking away four passes. In June, Smith surprised many Tiger fans when he announced his plans to transfer to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

“My parents and I have decided it’s in the best interest for my growth as a student-athlete and young adult that I transfer from LSU,” Smith tweeted at the time.

He’s the second MGCCC product in as many years to commit to fall in love with the Crimson Tide after former defensive end Isaiah Buggs signed with Alabama last December.

Smith announced his decision on Twitter.

“Throughout thepast 6 months I’ve matured on and off the field and MGCCC has humbled me beyond measure,” Smith tweeted. “I would like (to) thank all of the coaches and universities that gave me a second chance at this process.

“However I’ve decided to further my education and football career at the University of Alabama. #RTR”

The Tide are getting the No. 1 JUCO cornerback in the nation and a versatile athlete who oozes swagger on the field. For Gulf Coast this year, Smith recorded 31 tackles, one forced fumble and led the Bulldogs with six pass breakups and two interceptions. He proved to be a threat in the return game as well, returning 26 kicks for 718 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed once on a sweep and caught three passes for 26 yards.

“I’m more of a cover guy, but I tackle when I have to,” he told the Sun Herald in August. “You (have to) respect me. You’re not just going to run my way every time. You’re definitely going to respect me.”

Smith will be able to make his commitment official on Dec. 20.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2321, @PatrickOchs

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