Update on Alphonso Smith

Pahokee (Fla.) Aphonso Smith is another top-notch athlete from the South Florida area. Recently, the 5-9, 175-pound QB/DB went public with his commitment to Pittsburgh. However, he has known for some time that he would be a Panther.

"I committed to Pittsburgh about two months ago in the spring," he said. "I committed to the defensive line coach shortly after my spring game."

For now, Alphonso Smith is firmly committed to Pittsburgh. However, if his childhood favorite, Florida State, offers him a scholarship, he'll give the Noles some serious consideration.

"If FSU offers, I'll have to do some serious thinking," he said. "Coach John Lilly of Florida State called me in May and told me they like the way I play. He said they might offer me."

Smith, a high school quarterback/defensive back, is being recruited by the Panthers for the cornerback position.

"Pitt is recruiting me as a cornerback," Smith, who recorded 29 tackles and four interceptions as a junior, said. "Part of the reason I chose Pittsburgh was because of their new facilities and I could play right away. Two of their starters at cornerback are seniors. With my ability and being from Florida, I shouldn‘t have any problem playing early."

The Pahokee two-way star compares his style to first round draft pick Terrence Newman and former Seminole star defensive back Terrell Buckley.

"Like Buckley, I'm fast and quick, but not with great size."

Some of the other schools to make an offer for the talented defensive back: Virginia Tech, Iowa, Michigan State, ECU, Wake Forest, and Indiana.

Smith currently has a grade point average of 2.55.

Last week, Smith camped with Pittsburgh. He was impressed with several players, including the possible number one rated quarterback in the country, Anthony Morelli.

"Man, that guy had a strong arm," Smith told Pitt Insiders. "I can see why some people think he's the best quarterback in the country. I was also impressed with a defensive back from Ohio named Steven Walker."

Dave Peters

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