QB Kevan Smith preps for Pitt visit

Quarterback Kevan Smith (6-ft-3 inches, 225 pounds) from Seneca Valley High School in Harmony, PA was one of the first players to join the Panthers' stellar 2006 recruiting class. Smith, known for his powerful arm, is set to visit the University of Pittsburgh this weekend. Scout.com recently spoke with Kevan about his future and up coming visit.

"I'm excited about the visit this weekend," stated Smith. "I have been there plenty of times but I think this visit will give me a better chance to focus on my academic future. The visit is probably more for my parents. They'll get a chance to meet the coaches, the players and talk with the academic staff."

Smith was told his host for the visit will be sophomore quarterback Bill Stull. Seneca Valley High School struggled this season and finished with a sub-par 2-8 record. Kevan lamented over his team struggles. "Our team was young, slow and we should have played much more physical. It was a very tough year," he said. "A big part of me is excited to come to Pitt and play with great athletes and linemen. It would make up for a tough senior season."

Smith is capable of running a 4.7 forty-yard dash and bench pressing close to 300 pounds. He started the final two games of his junior season and threw for 520 yards and 7 touchdowns. Kevan threw for over 1,500 yards this season.

When asked about his strengths, he replied, "I have been working really hard and hitting the weights. Right now I'm between 225 to 230 pounds. I have a strong arm and I'm accurate." Kevan indicated that he attempts to emulate the play of Green Bay Packer Brett Favre.

"I still need to work on my footwork. I realize I'm going to have to hit the film room as well. Learning Pitt's offensive scheme is going to be very important. I'm willing to put the time in. I realize that the coaches at Pitt are going to make me a better player. That's why I'm excited to get there are start working."

Smith is one of two quarterbacks to join the Panthers' Class of 2006. He will be joined by Dexter Davidson (6-ft-3 ½ inches, 215 pounds) from North Broward Prep in Coconut Creek, FL.

Harry G. Psaros can be contacted at harrypsaros@msn.com.

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