Pittsburgh recruit has standout JUCO season

Former Dillard (Fla.) linebacker and Pittsburgh recruit Vernon Smith (5-11, 235, 4.6) has resurfaced at Butler (Kan.) Community College as a starting freshman linebacker for the Grizzlies.

Scout.com spoke with Vernon's mother who informed us that her son was in El Dorado and getting everything squared away for his future.

"He had a low test score, so he has to stay at Butler for two years," said Mrs. Smith "he fully intends on honoring his commitment to the University of Pittsburgh, and his friend Pittsburgh wide receiver Kelvin Chandler."

Scout.com also spoke with Butler Assistant Coach Darian Dulian about Smith's first season in a Grizzly uniform.

"He started every game here, he came in out of shape, but he got things squared away," said Dulin "This off season will be big for Vernon. We are expecting big things for Vernon next year."

Smith finished his season 44 tackles, 24 solos, 6 tackles's for loss, 2 sacks, and he forced 1 fumble. Butler finished this season with a (11-1) record and finished as runners-up to Pearl River in the NJCAA Championship game. Pearl River defeated Butler 35-14 in the finals. Butler won the Region VI Championship and the Jayhawk Conference Championship.

Scout.com will have more with Vernon Smith soon.


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