Panthers Offer Perkiomen Star

Abdul Smith has been one of the fastest rising prospects in Pennsylvania this spring. Smith recently hit double digits on his offer sheet after strong showings at the New Level Pass Camp in Akron and the Under Armor/Scout.com Combine in Pittsburgh.

Pennsburg (Pa.) Perkiomen School defensive back Abdul Smith has seen first hand what competing in camps and combines can do for your status as a prospect. Smith has started to blow up during the spring evaluation period after a few strong showings at camps. Today, Smith picked up offer number ten.

"Pittsburgh cam in and offered me today," Smith said. "Cincinnati offered me last Thursday. I also have offers from Penn State, Iowa, Colorado, Temple, Syracuse, Akron, Maryland and Florida International as well."

"Coach (Brian) Angelichio came to my school today from Pitt," Smith said. "I went down to Coach (Manferdini's) office and the offer was on the table.

"I was very excited to get the offer," Smith continued. "I thought I was going to get it, but I just wasn't sure when. I made a new tape that showed me playing more corner and receiver in it. It had a lot of nice hits in it as well and they offered."

Smith has visited the Panthers already and he had a chance to get a good feel for the program.

"I was up there the same weekend I was in town for the Scout combine," Smith stated. "I really liked their facilities. They have a real young team and they have had the best recruiting class in the Big East the past three years, so they are on the rise. They are definitely in my top five and I plan on taking an official visit there this fall.

"They are looking at me as a safety and a corner," Smith said. "I think I can play either. When I watched practice their corners were kind of smaller guys. I think I could go there and compete right away."

Penn State is still very much in the mix for Smith and he intends on taking another trip there very soon.

"I'm going to a combine there soon, so I may go there a day early and visit again," Smith continued. "I like the fact that Pitt and Penn State are closer to home, but I am still open right now.

"I just want to keep working and getting bigger, stronger and faster."


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