Smith Will Take His Time

Abdul Smith and his family had to leave their New Jersey home at 3 a.m. to arrive on time to check in and loosen up before Pitt's Prospects Camp last Saturday, so he was a little tired.

But that didn't matter once things got under way.

"Yeah, I'm ready to go,'' Abdul Smith said. "This is a great atmosphere. I love all the facilities, this indoor complex and outdoor practice fields, and with the Steelers being right next door ... that makes it an interesting situation.

"So, that's definitely a plus. (But) this is my second time down here. The first time was for the Scout combine (March 30), but I came down a day early to tour the campus and the practice facility. I didn't get to see everything I wanted to see, but I was able to come back for Pitt's Camp.''

Pittsburgh is among the 22 offers Smith has accumulated, including Buffalo, Temple and Rutgers, which is the most recent for the 6-foot, 185-pound cornerback. Smith lives in New Jersey, but he plays football for the Perkiomen School in Pennsburg, Eastern Pennsylvania.

"There are some schools that I have ahead of others, but I really don't have a top-five list or anything like that,'' Smith said. "I'm going to start narrowing it down in the next month or so, and I think it's going to be a tough decision.

"Pitt is recruiting me real hard with Coach Angelichio and Coach Wannstedt, I really like him. So, Pitt's right up there, but it's going to be a tough decision for me to get it narrowed down and then make a final decision.''

While Smith has a few favorites, he's going to take his time to make an informed decision about where he's going to spend the next 4-5 years.

"I don't think it's going to happen before my senior season,'' Smith said. "I'd like to start narrowing it down this summer, but I also want to take my five official visits. So, once I'm able to schedule those, I'll be a lot closer to a decision, but Pitt's definitely in the mix right now. They're recruiting me very hard.

"A lot of people would like me to go to Rutgers. They just offered and are 30 minutes away, but my mom lives in North Carolina. And she wants me to go to a school down there. So, like I've said, it's not going to be an easy decision for me. I just have to stay focused and get as much information as possible.''

From what Smith has said the two times he visited Pitt as well as his family, it appears that the Panthers will be among his top schools.

Pitt might just have to wait a while for Smith to make his decision.

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