Penn State gets first commitment since sanctions

Penn State coach Bill O'Brien received his first oral commitment since the NCAA handed down massive sanctions on the university. (Keith Srakocic/AP)
Penn State coach Bill O'Brien received his first oral commitment since the NCAA handed down massive sanctions on the university. (Keith Srakocic/AP)
Posted: August 12, 2012

Penn State received on Saturday its first oral commitment since the NCAA's imposition of sanctions on its football program, getting a pledge from cornerback Jordan Smith of Washington for the class of 2013.

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Smith, considered a three-star recruit by Scout.com, also had considered Colorado, Kansas, Hawaii, Tennessee, and Illinois. He played in the D.C. area for Archbishop Carroll High School last season and will compete for H.D. Woodson High this fall.

Penn State had seen its list of commitments for 2013 reduced from 14 to nine after the NCAA announced sanctions on July 23.

"Jordan didn't let all that stuff play a role in the decision he wanted to make," Woodson assistant coach Wendy Johnson told the Fight On State website. "He just decided between him and his family that Penn State was best for him."


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