The Tide’s newest commit and 4-Star defensive back, Devonta Smith, has a special connection with Alabama football and it is not because he has the same name as star Tide wide receiver, Devonta Smith.
It is because Smith is the cousin of former Alabama and NFL running back, Shaun Alexander. Alexander played at Alabama from 1996 to1999. He finished his Alabama career with more than 3,000 rushing yards before getting drafted by Seattle Seahawks in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft.
Alexander went to Twitter to share his support for his cousin choosing to roll with the Tide Monday by tweeting, “BAMA world welcome my cousin to A.L.A.B.A.M.A.
— Shaun Alexander (@shaunalexander) June 30, 2020
Smith responded to Alexander’s support by tweeting, “Nothing feels better than continuing our family’s name, I won’t upset.”
Nothing feels better than continuing our family’s name I won’t upset 🤞🏾‼️ https://t.co/ltyu2f4cfW
— 🥀Devonta Smith🥀 (@Prince_Tay_) June 30, 2020
Alabama’s 2021 recruiting class now has nine verbal commitments with Smith’s pledge. The 4-Star recruit becomes the Tide’s second defensive back commit.
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Justin Smith is a Scouting/Recruiting analyst for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via @Jdsmith31Smith