Perkiomen High's Abdul Smith once had West Virginia securely in his top five. But because the Mountaineers have yet to offer the cornerback while schools like Colorado, Iowa and Maryland add to his building register, it appears WVU could be in for a battle if it ever decides to tender a grant-in-aid. The hesitancy is because of the backlog of defensive backs at the school. Despite losing its entire secondary, corner is not yet a position of need in Morgantown, though that hasn't discouraged Smith from deciding to attend a one-day camp in the University City.
That will add to visits already taken to Pitt and Penn State. Smith, a 6-1, 180-pounder, said he will also travel to Florida and Florida State this summer. The rising senior, whose father knows West Virginia defensive line coach Bill Kirelawich, names Rutgers, Michigan, South Florida, FSU and UF as among his top selections, along with the Mountaineers.
"I'm looking for a good all-around program," Smith said. "I want a place that makes me feel at home and makes me feel comfortable. I want a good graduation rate – I'll major in business – and an overall feel."
Perkiomen High is a boarding school in Pennsburg, Pa., a suburb just south of Allentown in the southeastern reaches of the state. Smith led the Indians with 910 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns last season while throwing for 662 yards and seven scores. He tallied more than 350 yards returning kickoffs and punts, and racked up 60 tackles, including one for loss, and four interceptions. His duel capabilities – Smith scored three times on special teams – makes him a versatile threat and has upped his recruiting value.
"I am still really interested in the school," Smith said of WVU. "They have been to a BCS bowl game two of the last three years. They are high on the list. Coach Kirelawich said they see me as a corner, and I like to hit. I want to come out and play."
Smith has distributed film to a lot of major schools, and the New Jersey native is starting to reap the benefits. Florida State could have an edge if it offers, as Smith said the Seminoles have been his favorite team since childhood. His participation in the Scout.com combine in Pittsburgh and the New Level 7-on-7 passing tournament has helped elevate his stock, which is expected to continue to rise through fall. BlueGoldNews.com will keep you updated on Smith's interaction with West Virginia and his possible offer.