Recruiting: 2018 offensive lineman Cole Smith commits to LSU

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LSU’s 2018 recruiting class expanded by one with the pledge of offensive lineman Cole Smith from Pontotoc, Mississippi.

Smith arrived in Tigertown this weekend without an offer, yet left as a commitment to LSU thanks to offensive line coach Jeff Grimes, who was directly responsible for the recruitment.

Projected to line up at center in college, the 6-foot-4, 275 pounder possesses good feet and a hot motor. He plays snap-to-whistle. Smith will have to add bulk and strength.

Offers from ULL, ULM, Arkansas State, Marshall, Southern Miss, Tulane, South Alabama and Oregon also have come Smith way, but many felt that Mississippi State would be his ultimate destination. However, he has no offer from the Bulldogs.

Smith represents the 10th commitment for LSU for 2018.

A pair of notable visitors for the weekend were also 2018 prospects. Offensive tackle E.J. Ndoma-Ogar (6-3, 290) from Allen, Texas has offers from Duke, Oklahoma State, SMU, Texas Tech and Wake Forest,
Inside lineabcker Jacquez Jones from Tuscaloosa, Alabama (6-1, 225) holds offers from Ole Miss, Tennessee, Michigan, LSU and Maryland but no offer yet from the in-state Crimson Tide.

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Born and raised in the New Orleans area, Rene Nadeau has been involved in sports ever since his earliest memories. Rene played basketball, wrestled, ran track, and was an All-District running back in football at John F. Kennedy High School. He went on to be a member of the LSU football program, developing a passion for the game in even greater fashion while in Baton Rouge. Nadeau played semi-pro football for two seasons with the New Orleans Blue Knights. He has been a prominent sports figure in the New Orleans area for 29 years. Nadeau currently serves as a color…

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