September 10, 2011; State College, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions fans cheer for their team during the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey G. Pittenger-US PRESSWIRE

New Penn State Commit Jordan Smith Intends to Enroll Early

On Saturday, news came that Washington DC defensive back Jordan Smith committed to Penn State. On Monday night, I caught up with the newest Nittany Lion.

Smith seemed happy to have the process over. After camping at Illinois, Maryland and Penn State this summer, he seemed confident in his choice. Jordan also told me that in addition to Colorado, Hawaii and Kansas, Illinois had also offered him a scholarship. He was also being recruited by Vanderbilt and Ohio State.

Jordan explained that he grew up a Penn State fan, pointing to the fact that his brother’s teammates Navarro Bowman and Derrick Williams went to Penn State.

He’s unsure if he’ll be playing corner of safety in Ted Roof’s defense, saying “I only know that I’ll be enrolling as a defensive back.” When will he enroll?

“I will be graduating in the winter and enrolling at Penn State in January.”

That’s crucial information because it allows the staff to count him toward the 2012 recruiting class, not against the limit of 15 scholarships that they have in 2013. With both Smith and Adam Breneman enrolling early, the staff will be allowed to give scholarships to 17 kids from this class. That’s assuming they’re the only two early enrollees.

Jordan doesn’t yet have an official visit planned to Penn State this fall, but noted that he definitely intends to be at the opener September 1st against Ohio, saying “It’s going to be crazy.”

Jordan Smith was the first player to commit to Penn State following the sanctions levied by the NCAA president Mark Emmert. Without even enrolling at Penn State, he has already etched out a place in the hearts of many Nittany Lion fans with his commitment and the timing of it.

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