Anthony Smith had demonstrated his versatility and team-first attitude prior to matriculating to Penn State, qualities that will greatly aid his efforts to earn time in the secondary rotation this season. When Smith was a youth football player, he began long-snapping, a role he continued in 2012 as a cornerback at Valley Forge (Pa.) Military Academy. In his team's first game last year, the starting quarterback was injured and Smith stepped up and went behind center. He was among seven Nittany Lions to enroll in the University in January and participate in winter conditioning and spring practice. The former Pope John XXIII (Sparta, N.J.) High School standout made a good transition during his first semester at Penn State. Smith will have an opportunity to make an impact in the secondary and on special teams when training camp begins. Smith likely will battle Da'Quan Davis, Jordan Lucas and Jordan Smith for time in the cornerback rotation. He is one of eight returning players on the Penn State roster from New Jersey.
Smith was the team MVP for Coach Josh Sands at Valley Forge (Pa.) Military Academy in 2012, grabbing seven interceptions from his cornerback position. When the starting quarterback was injured in the first game of the season, Smith stepped in behind center and also served as the team's long snapper. Smith's Valley Forge squad squared off against 2013 Nittany Lion freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg's Fork Union Military Academy team during the 2012 season.
Smith was selected second-team All-West New Jersey, first-team All-Sussex County and first-team All-Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference as a senior for Coach Brian Carlson at Pope John XIII High School in Sparta, N.J. He grabbed three interceptions, had 12 pass breakups and 25 tackles as a senior and was named first-team All-Defense by the New Jersey Herald. During his junior campaign in 2010, Smith helped the Lions to an undefeated regular-season. He was a three-year letterman under Carlson and the late Vic Paternostro, who coached Pope John XIII for 43 seasons and is New Jersey's all-time prep football victories leader. Smith was invited to the Paul Robeson All-Star Football Classic and the Big 33 Classic. He was selected a team captain during his senior year. He also lettered in baseball.
Full name is Anthony Smith. He is the son of Brian Shaw, and has a younger sister, Aheelah Shaw. He plans to enroll in the Smeal College of Business. Born October 22, 1993 in Dover, N.J.