Penn State fans haven’t had a ton of good news lately, so when word came on Saturday that Penn State had landed a commitment, many wondered what the asterisk was. Is this another 2012 kid? A JuCo player? None of the above.
Jordan Smith is a class of 2013 defensive back from Woodson High School in Washington DC, listed as the fourth best prospect in DC this year by ESPN.
He is the first 2013 recruit to commit to Penn State following sanctions that the program received last month. Word is that he may graduate in December, allowing him to enroll at Penn State in January, counting against the 2012 class. Moves like that give the staff a little flexibility against the 15 scholarship limit that was a part of those sanctions.
Jordan’s coach Wendy Johnson told Scout.com “Jordan is a high-energy guy at practice and in the weight room, and he’s adamant about football and academics,” adding that “He always gave me the impression he wanted to go there.”
Landing Jordan Smith isn’t only terrific for Penn State on a “good-vibe” level, it’s also crucial as far as depth goes. The Nittany Lions secondary depth chart is very thin and the staff needs to recruit players who can get into that depth chart as soon as possible.
Jordan gushed about Penn State in an interview with ESPN, calling Penn State his “dream school.”
“While playing in the back yard, you’re imagining you’re part of a team,” he said. “Ever since those days, I always envisioned myself in a Penn State uniform and playing in Happy Valley.”
Scout lists Jordan’s 40 yard dash time as 4.38. He camped at Penn State in early June and received his offer later that month. Smith was on campus Saturday for an unofficial visit when he committed to the Nittany Lions.
There is a little confusion with his film, as it says he is a 2012 prospect from Archbishop High. I assure you, this is the right Jordan Smith. I’m working on sorting out the details of how he became a 2013 prospect.
5’11″” 180 lbs.
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