Pig plans on playing for Pitt

The lack of playmakers on defense has been one of the glaring problems this year for the Pittsburgh Panthers. Pittsburgh may be able to look at one of its past recruits for some help.

Vernon Smith, has been at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan. for the past two seasons. The former Dillard High (Fla.) linebacker committed to the Panthers out of high school, but did not meet the academic requirements.

We spoke with Butler Head Coach Troy Morell about Smith.

Vernon is on track to graduate in May," Morrell said. "He is doing very well this semester focusing on academics and football. He is moving the best he ever has. I believe he still wants to go back to Pittsburgh.

Butler is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation, thanks in large part to Smith's 30+ tackles and two sacks. When we spoke to Smith he reiterated what Coach Morrell said.

"I still plan on going to Pittsburgh," Smith said. "I haven't talked to them in a while; I know they're busy with their season. My grades are good, I'm passing. I'll get my Associates Degree and be able to get out of here in May."

Smith says he has gotten faster and toned up his body.

"I'm 6-0, 225 right now," he said. "I was about 230 when I got here, but I've gotten a lot stronger and faster. I have a little more then 30 tackles and I think two sacks in six games. I missed one game due to a curfew issue."

Smith could add to an already solid group heading to Pittsburgh that includes Nate Nix, Greg Webster, and Dan Loheyde.


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