Five-star linebacker Rahshaun Smith has decided to de-commit from the Clemson Tigers and will open himself up to recruiting from other schools.

Five-star LB Rahshaun Smith de-commits from Clemson

The Clemson Tigers are without question the favorite to win the ACC this season, and they pride themselves on having a balanced all-around team. Offensively they have quite a few playmakers and stars, while they have a very talented defense with quite a few aggressive playmakers as well. Head coach Dabo Swinney thought he had a huge five-star commitment from linebacker Rahshaun Smith, but that changed today.

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Smith’s de-commitment shakes up the entire 2016 recruiting class, although Clemson will do their best to bring him back. He has not shut the door on the Tigers yet, but there is no doubt that he will consider other options.

At 6-foot-2 and 226 pounds, Smith is a very hard hitter and an incredibly sure tackler. He has the body to become something special, and there is no denying the fact that he has NFL potential. Now that he is back on the market for other schools to pursue, nearly every team across the country will be putting together their best recruiting pitch to make a run at him.

It will be interesting to see what ends up happening next for Smith. The note that he sent out on Twitter was very mature and professional, and it is obvious that he simply wants to do things the right way and have no regrets about the recruiting process. He has a once in a lifetime opportunity, and he has to enjoy the entire process and get the most out of it.

All of that being said, this is a very disappointing day for the Clemson football program. They will hold out hope that Smith will re-commit and come back into the fold, but that is more of a hope than a reality at this point in time. Smith is obviously second guessing whether or not he truly wants to play for the Tigers, and that never bodes well from the team that a prospect de-commits from.

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