A combination of disciplinary action, transfers and injuries decimated the already limited depth in the Penn State secondary going into the 2012 season, making replenishing the cupboard a top priority for Bill O’Brien and his staff with the 2013 recruiting class. In all, 4 recruits of the 17 that make up the 2013 class are projected at either cornerback or safety, including today’s subject, Anthony Smith.
Anthony committed to Penn State following his official visit in early December, along with Zayd Issah, DaeSean Hamilton, and the since decommitted Jonathan Walton. He played this past season at the Valley Forge Military Academy after finishing his high school career in New Jersey. Smith could be considered the ultimate unknown, with his only other FBS offer from the newly promoted UMass. However, Smith’s extra year in prep school, plus his early enrollment make him an intriguing prospect to watch in the secondary going forward, with plenty of playing time up for grabs.
As of now, Smith begins his career at CB, but his size (6’0″, 185 lbs) makes me think you can expect him to finally settle in at safety, especially now that Coach Fitz has his hands on him. Whether it is at CB, or safety, Anthony’s early enrollment has me expecting to see him on the field in the fall when PSU kicks off the 2013 season against Syracuse.
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