August 11, 2012 at 6:08 PM
Penn State landed a verbal commitment from cornerback Jordan Smith today, according to Blue-White Illustrated.
Smith becomes the first recruit in the 2013 class to commit to Penn State since the NCAA issued unprecedented sanctions against the school in July 23.
A Washington, D.C. product, Smith is rated as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com, and the website said he was also looking at Ohio State, Illinois, Colorado and Maryland, among other schools, before choosing to become a Nittany Lion.
The sanctions have taken their toll on Penn State's 2013 class as offensive lineman Dorian Johnson, linebacker Zach Bradshaw, wide receiver Will Fuller and cornerback Ross Douglas have all decommitted from Penn State in the last three weeks.
Though he is the first of the 2013 class, Smith — who will play at H.D. Woodson High School this season — is the second player to commit to Penn State after the penalties were levied against the university. Brennan Franklin, who is a linebacker in the 2012 class, committed to Penn State on July 27 and is currently on the team's roster.
Highlighted by tight end Adam Breneman and quarterback Christian Hackenberg, Penn State's 2013 recruiting class currently sits at 10 players with the addition of Smith.