Cole Smith

New LSU center Cole Smith

The departure of LSU offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes raised the question of a possible flip for Cole Smith, but the Mississippi product stuck true to his word and signed with the Tigers on Wednesday.

There was some speculation Smith might bail on LSU at the last minute to go to Mississippi State — where his father played football — after it was announced Grimes was leaving Baton Rouge to take the offensive coordinator job at BYU, but Smith never officially announced any intention to leave the commitment he made in March and never even made a visit to Starkville.

The Under Armor All American is an important part of LSU's recruiting class this season after coach Ed Orgeron made the offensive front a priority in 2018. That, added with the possibility current starting center Will Clapp may soon chose to leave for the NFL, and Smith could be competing for playing time early on.

Smith is expected to enroll in the spring.

It's here! LSU (early) Signing Day Tracker: 18 players have signed with the Tigers

Name: Cole Smith 

Position: Center

Measurables: 6-foot-4, 275 pounds

High School: Pontotoc

Hometown: Pontotoc, Mississippi 

Committed: March 11, 2017

247Sports Position Rank: No. 8

247 Composite rating: 3 stars

At a Glance: There was some speculation Smith may be poached out of LSU by a late push from Mississippi State after the announcement LSU offensive line coach Jeff Grimes would be leaving the program. However, Smith never wavered from his commitment. Smith played tackle in high school, as well as defensive end, but is expected to move to center for the Tigers.

What They’re Saying: “This gives LSU some great center depth now when you go from Will Clapp to (Lloyd) Cushenberry to now Cole Smith, three guys who are certainly SEC caliber offensive centers.” - 247Sports recruiting analyst Shea Dixon.

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