West Catholic's Jaryd Jones-Smith chooses Pitt

Jaryd Jones-Smith projects to be an offensive tackle at Pittsburgh. The 6-7, 320-pound lineman was told he might be redshirted but the coaches want him to compete for a spot.
Jaryd Jones-Smith projects to be an offensive tackle at Pittsburgh. The 6-7, 320-pound lineman was told he might be redshirted but the coaches want him to compete for a spot. (MATT BREEN / Staff)
Posted: January 16, 2013

Jaryd Jones-Smith, West Catholic's 6-foot-7, 320-pound offensive lineman, flipped a few pages in his spiral notebook Tuesday afternoon before he found his place.

Somewhere in his physics book was the short speech he had written before announcing his oral commitment to Pittsburgh, a school he officially visited in December with his mother.

"I have a free eighth period," Jones-Smith said. "So I had a little bit of time to write it."

Jones-Smith projects to be an offensive tackle at Pittsburgh. He played on both sides of the line with the Burrs.

"They told me I might be redshirted," Jones-Smith said. "But they told me they want me to come in and just compete for a spot."

He is Pitt's fifth offensive-line recruit of this class. His decision came down to Pittsburgh and Virginia, which he visited in October.

Cavaliers coaches visited West Catholic on Monday, but Jones-Smith said their attempts to sway him were futile.

At Pittsburgh, he plans to major in engineering or business management.

"The campus is beautiful. It's real nice," Jones-Smith said. "The academics, I think, are really good, too."

Jones-Smith is the second area player in a week to commit to Pittsburgh, joining Washington High defensive lineman Justin Moody. The pair visited Pittsburgh together, and both will play in June's Big 33 Classic.

"It's really nice to have that camaraderie come together. It was nice," said Jones-Smith's mother, Shirley Smith.


Contact Matt Breen at mbreen@phillynews.com. Follow on Twitter @matt_breen.

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