Alphonso Smith

As a senior Pahokee (Fla.) standout, Alphonso Smith led his high school to the class 2A state championship by playing quarterback. Smith, who firmed up his commitment to Pittsburgh, will play cornerback for the Panthers.

"He actually committed to Pittsburgh over the summer," Head Coach Leroy Foster said. "Last night Pittsburgh was in his house and he firmed up his commitment to them."

Coach Foster told the Pitt Insider that his star athlete would be playing corner at the next level.

"Alphonso is the best cover-corner in this area," Foster said. "We had so many great athletes on our team and we really need him to play quarterback for us. He helped us along the way by making two key interceptions in the playoffs. He returned one 57 yards and the other for 47 yards. He totally shut down two of the best receivers in the area in Albert Dukes and Cedric Wilson. Wilson is going to be playing football for Kansas State."

What separates Smith from the average cornerback?

"His break on the ball is incredible," Foster said. "He has a great break on the ball and he plays so intelligently. Alphonso has cat-like reflexes. He didn't allow a single pass to be completed on him this year."

According to Foster, Smith is on track to qualify academically.

Panther More Top Stories