Washington, D.C. product Jordan Smith announced his commitment to Penn State Saturday.
Smith, a cornerback from Woodson High, said he committed to Penn State on July 24 but waited until last weekend to make his announcement.
The 5-10, 185-pounder becomes the first recruit to verbally commit to the Nittany Lions since they were hit with the devastating NCAA penalties in July.
“It’s just something I’ve grown up on when I was playing in the backyard,” Smith told Rivals.com. “I envisioned myself at Penn State and it’s an opportunity I want to take full advantage of.
“I like the idea of Penn State, the education, a degree from there speaks volumes in the job market,” he said. “The coaching staff is outstanding and Penn State is my dream school.”
Smith is a two-star prospect according to Rivals and plays in the secondary – a place the Lions definitely need more numbers.
He also had scholarship offers from FBS schools such as Colorado, Kansas and Hawaii.
Penn State assistant coach Larry Johnson was the main recruiter of Smith. Johnson has long had success recruiting the Maryland and D.C area for the Nittany Lions.
As a junior last season, Smith had 64 tackles, including four sacks. He also had two interceptions and returned one of them for a touchdown.
Smith indicated that he would enroll at Penn State in January.
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