Kevan Smith: Quarterback/Recruiter

Pitt quarterback recruit Kevan Smith from Seneca Valley High School in Harmony, PA is anxiously awaiting his freshman season with the Panthers. He would like to assume the role of starting quarterback. For the next few months, he plans on becoming Pitt's chief recruiter.

Kevan Smith (6-foot-3 inches, 220 pounds), a member of the Panthers stellar 2006 recruiting class, is diligently preparing for his freshman season at Pitt. Smith has visions of taking over for Tyler Palko after he completes his senior season. Although he desired to play quarterback, he has opted to take on an addition role. Kevan has become a part-time recruiter for the University of Pittsburgh football team.

On Monday, Smith discovered that the Panthers were offering his close friend Donny Barclay a scholarship. "I was let out of class to meet with Coach (Dave) Wannstedt, Coach (Bob) Junko and Donny (Barclay)," he said. "We talked for a while and they offered Donny a scholarship shortly after. I didn't see it coming. I was very happy for him."

Kevan threw for 1,538 yards and scored 8 touchdowns as a senior. He is known for his impressive arm strength. ranked him one of the top 50 quarterbacks in the nation.

"I have talked with Coach (Greg) Gattuso multiple times about Donny. I told him and a bunch of the coaching staff about how good he is. They were a little slow about offering him because they only have twenty scholarships to give this year."

"Donny is only 16 years old and he's still growing. He's close to 290 pounds right now and takes up the entire doorway when he walks in a room. I think he's grown over the last few months. He looks larger. Coach (Dave) Wannstedt was joking with him about getting too big."

Is Smith capable of convincing Barclay to say "Pitt is it"? "I have been recruiting Donny for over a year," he stated. "I knew he was a big time recruit last year. I told him that he had to commit to Pitt if they offered. He told me he would."

"I don't want to speak for Donny, but I believe that he will come to Pitt. He told me he's going to wait a little before making a decision but I think he'll join me at Pitt."

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