Smith stays home - Scarlet train still rollin

Abdul Smith's [Perkiomen School (Pennsburg, PA)] recruitment blew up this spring with interest coming from everywhere, but at the end of the day, the Garden State native decided to stay home, and continue his education and football career at Rutgers University. In selecting Rutgers Football, Smith turned down offers from Boston College, Maryland, Penn State, Pittsburgh, and many others.

Abdul Smith: 6'/185-pounds is Rutgers-bound

Abdul Smith's recruitment has drawn to a conclusion. Smith, at a press conference held at the Trenton City Hall held Wednesday afternoon, pledged his services to Head Coach Greg Schiano and his Rutgers Football program. Smith selected Rutgers over Boston College, Maryland, Penn State, and Pittsburgh. In total, the versatile Smith held 23 written offers from programs across the entire nation.
In selecting Rutgers, Smith becomes the 19th scholar-athlete of the current class to pledge his services to Coach Schiano.  He is also the second prospect in this current class being recruited to play the Cornerback [CB] position.

As a junior, Abdul Smith finished the season with 662 passing yards and seven touchdowns. He added 910 yards rushing and 12 more scores. As a kick and punt returner he gained over 350 yards and scored three touchdowns. From the defensive back position Smith collected 60 tackles, one tackle for loss and four interceptions. Smith was named first-team All-Area at defensive back and as an all-purpose player by the Pottstown Mercury. He was also named first team defensive back by the Philadelphia Inquirer., which first brought you word of Smith's pending announcement early Tuesday afternoon, is currently on location in Trenton and will be bringing you a photo gallery and video interview of Smith's announcement later today.
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