Immediate help on the way? 5-star lineman Maason Smith hints at possible re-classification
Another 5-star prospect in the 2021 recruiting cycle could be skipping his senior season of high school football to enroll early this fall and potentially play college football in 2020.
Last week, we noted that the nation’s No. 1 cornerback prospect in the 2021 recruiting cycle, Tony Grimes, announced his decision to skip his senior season and enroll early at North Carolina. Grimes’ decision came just days after his public commitment to the Tar Heels. The Virginia native, a recruiting target of Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Texas A&M, among others, cited his decision to enroll early as business-related.
Considering the level of uncertainty surrounding high school football this fall, it makes sense that many elite prospects would desire to get an early start to their college careers. Even if these players aren’t ready to see the field in 2020, they would most assuredly receive better medical treatment and training, on and off the field, in anticipation of the originally scheduled start of their college football careers and would theoretically start the clock on their goal of making it to the NFL a year early.
That’s something 5-star Houma, La., native Maason Smith hinted at on Tuesday Terrebonne High School standout may be following Grimes’ lead and reclassify as a 2020 prospect.
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Check out the comment Smith made on Tuesday:
“No SEASON this year, might as well re-classify,” Smith posted on Twitter.
The season Smith is likely referring to there is the high school season, not college or NFL, as the Terrebonne Parish Schools announced on Tuesday that all athletic activities have been postponed “until further notice” due to the growing number of COVID cases in the area.
Smith rates as the nation’s No. 20 overall prospect and the No. 2 defensive tackle in the 2021 recruiting cycle according to 247Sports Composite Rankings. He currently has Alabama, LSU, Florida and Georgia among his list of favorites, along with Miami, Oklahoma, Oregon and USC.