He lives in New Jersey but plays football in Pennsylvania. It doesn't matter where Trenton native Abdul Smith plays (at the Perkiomen School in Pennsburg, PA, actually) because his talent is hard for college coaches to miss.
Michigan State has surely taken notice and Spartan quarterbacks coach Dave Warner has been in regular contact. "My dad talks to him all the time," Smith says. The interest is serious and Smith has brushed up on his recent Green and White history.
He noted Michigan State's success last season and appearance in the Champs Sports Bowl. Plus, playing at the Big Ten level appeals to Smith. "They're a pretty good football team," he says.
Smith recently visited Penn State and reports they might be offering a scholarship as early as next week. "They're 95% sure," he says.
He already holds offers from Akron, Temple, Colorado, Syracuse and Maryland. Plus he's hearing from more Big Ten programs, like a Wisconsin program that calls twice a week.
"I'm looking at all schools the same right now," he says, noting, however, that he hopes to have a top-five by the end of the summer.
For now, he plans to visit West Virginia, Florida and Florida State in the near future.
While there, he hopes to showcase his skills as a lock-down corner, but some schools project him elsewhere.
"Some SEC schools are looking at me for safety – Auburn, Tennessee," he says. "And Pittsburgh is looking at me for safety."
Smith ran a 4.55 in the 40 at a recent combine but isn't satisfied. "I hope to improve that to the 4.4 range," he says. "I just want to show coaches what I can do in person."
Stay tuned to GSN for updates on Smith and other MSU prospects
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