Hoosiers nab 2021 safety Smith

In 2020, the Hoosiers had a Florida-less recruiting class for the first time since 2010.

The year 2021 will be different, because Indiana secured a verbal commitment from Jacksonville native Larry Smith on Friday.

Smith, a 5-foot-10 safety, had offers from Ole Miss, North Carolina, and Duke, among others. He is rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports. Rivals grades him as a four-star and classifies him as a cornerback.

IU now has five verbal commits for 2021, including two defensive ends, a tight end, and an offensive guard.

As a junior, Smith racked up 52 tackles and five interceptions at Robert E. Lee High School.

Here’s his highlight from last season:


  1. IU keeps rolling along this week with recruits as Smith commits to IU. It will be interesting to see what type of safeties coach Jones brings in. Keep the good news for 2021 coming in coaches.

  2. The lad needs serious instruction on tackling technique. Most of the times he either attempts to use a full head of steam to blast into the ball carrier and knock him off a balance or submarine him (example clip starting at about 6:10, hit at about 6:16). The few times he does try to wrap up with his arms he is way high. If he tries this stuff in the Big Ten, he will end up NFL (not for long).

  3. There is some question about Smith’s position and ranking. Watching camp tape he is working at corner and does a great job in coverage with great recovery on routes against very good receivers. He is rated a 4 star on some sites and looks more like a corner than safety too many people rating him.

    IUFB is now up to #22 with this class, I know it is early but hope more recruits will keep IU at this level for the 2021 class.

  4. Only time will tell for sure but his coverage skills scream CB. But he sure likes contact.

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