Early August 2012 wasn’t exactly full of great news for Penn State fans. There was still a smoldering crater from the Emmert Bomb (trademark pending), several high profile players had left the program, and national pundits were falling over each other to predict the end of Penn State football. Then something funny happened. Jordan Smith saw through the smoke, and became the first player of what would be the 2013 signing class to verbally commit to PSU.
OK, Jordan has enrolled already, and will count towards the 2012 numbers, but for all intents and purposes, he will forever be the first post sanction commit. Jordan’s coach told Scout.com back in August that he is a “high energy” and “adamant about academics and athletics”. Jordan told our Tim Tolley back in August that he has long been a PSU fan, in part due to his brother playing with both Derrick Williams and Navorro Bowman in high school. Jordan was something of an unknown at the time of his commitment, with ESPN ranking him as the 4th best prospect in Washington D.C., while Scout and 247 had not even ranked him. He now sits at 3-stars on 247 and 2-stars on Scout. He held 4 other FBS offers, Illinois, Colorado, Hawaii and Kansas, and picked PSU primarily over the Illini.
As we have mentioned a time or two, secondary depth has been a huge focus of this class. Jordan’s early enrollment will of course give him a leg up in a relatively wide open competition for playing time at both safety and cornerback.
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