One position that was a priority for the Penn State coaching staff within the 2013 recruiting class was defensive back. Anthony Smith is one of four defensive backs that the staff took in this class. And even though he was the last of the four to commit, Smith was an early enrollee and got a head start on his career at Penn State this past spring, and looks to make an immediate impact this fall.
Smith, who’s a fellow New Jersey native, played his high school football at Pope John XXIII High School. He then took a postgrad year at Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, PA, where he had seven interceptions in his year there. According to Rivals, Smith was rated as a two-star recruit and also held offers from, UMass, Gardner-Webb and Rhode Island.
The depth chart (as of June 13) has wide receiver turned defensive back Trevor Williams starting at cornerback on one side, with Jordan Lucas as the starter on the opposite side. Along with fellow freshman cornerback Jordan Smith, [Anthony] Smith is listed as Williams’ backup. Smith has solid size at 6’1”, 190 and adds more depth to a secondary that has a good amount of bodies available for this upcoming season.
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