Turning the corner? Illinois lands major DB transfer from Alabama
Illinois continued its offseason momentum by securing a commitment from Alabama transfer DB Eddie Smith on Thursday morning.
Smith announced that decision on Twitter:
— Gods Gift 🌟 (@_15ive) January 21, 2021
Smith spent three seasons at Alabama, appearing in a handful of games. He was mostly a special teams contributor for the Crimson Tide.
As a recruit, Smith was the No. 435 overall player in the class of 2018, according to 247Sports Composite rankings. The same service ranked him as the No. 42 overall cornerback in that class.
He hails from Slidell, Louisiana, and attended Salmen High School.
New Illinois defensive coordinator Ryan Walters seemed to acknowledge Smith’s commitment on Thursday morning:
Birthday definitely started off with a bang💥 #ILL
— Ryan Walters (@Coach_Walters) January 21, 2021
Smith will be amongst those tasked with improving an Illinois defense that finished No. 13 in the Big Ten last year in scoring defense (34.9 points per game).