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Sunday, December 9, 2012
Anthony Smith is PSU's 16th commit

By Josh Moyer

One month ago, cornerback Anthony Smith (Randolph, N.J./Valley Forge Military) said he would've immediately dismissed any talk of one day becoming a Nittany Lion.

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PSU head coach Bill O'Brien offered Anthony Smith on Saturday, and Smith pledged on Sunday.
He never spoke with an FBS school, garnered only FCS offers and never imagined playing in Beaver Stadium -- until PSU emailed his coach in November. And after those whirlwind two weeks culminated in an official visit this weekend, where he commited to PSU, the postgraduate student couldn't be happier with how his recruitment played out.

He becomes the 16th commitment of Penn State's 2013 class and joins Jordan Smith (Washington D.C./HD Woodson) as the only cornerbacks. He committed during breakfast Sunday and, like Jordan, will enroll in January.

"I wouldn't have believed it," said Smith, who will still have four years of eligibility. "I wasn't getting any FBS schools asking about me. This was the first one, and what better place to be than Penn State?"

Bill O'Brien ushered Smith and his father inside his office Saturday. They chatted about academics and life until -- midway through the conversation -- O'Brien extended a scholarship offer to the cornerback.

"I was calm, cool and collected," he said. "But, inside, I was jumping for joy. I was really happy. It was something I really wanted, and I really like the school so I was just hoping the whole time I was here I could get an offer."

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound defensive back didn't need much time to think the offer over. During breakfast Sunday, he decided to just casually walk over to O'Brien, tell him what he liked about the coaching staff and the community, and added he was committing to play for him.

"It's like one big family here," Smith said. "I haven't even gotten to a Penn State game before, but I've been to the stadium with the other recruits, and I can only imagine how the gameday experience would be."