Cornerback Jordan Smith enters his sophomore campaign in Happy Valley looking to make a larger impact in the secondary rotation and continue his role on special teams. Smith, one of 12 true freshmen to see action in 2013, played in all 12 games on defense and special teams, recording five tackles, with two stops at Ohio State. He has made good strides and with continued progress on the practice field and in the weight room, Smith should be among the primary contributors at corner and on special teams this fall. Smith is looking to add his name to the long line of talented and productive Penn State players that hail from metropolitan Washington, D.C. The former H.D. Woodson High School standout is a childhood friend of former Nittany Lion cornerback Stephon Morris, also a Capital District product, and is wearing the No. 12 Morris wore from 2009-12. Smith is among nine Nittany Lions from metro Washington, D.C.
2013 (Freshman Season)
Smith garnered playing time in all 12 games as a true freshman in the secondary and on special teams. He was among the dozen true freshmen who saw action during the season. Smith recorded five tackles (three solo) for the season. He registered his first career tackle with a solo stop on a kickoff return against Kent State. He made a pair of tackles, one on a kickoff return and the other from the cornerback slot, at No. 4 Ohio State. Smith added one stop each in the Minnesota and Purdue games.
Smith compiled 129 tackles, seven interceptions, seven sacks and 12 pass breakups during his sophomore and junior seasons as a defensive back at Archbishop Carroll High School. As a junior, he accounted for 64 tackles, with seven pass breakups, four sacks and a pair of safeties. Smith also grabbed five interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. His sophomore season included 65 stops, five pass breakups, two interceptions and three sacks. A team captain, Smith also had more than 800 career receiving yards, including 427 yards and three receiving touchdowns as a freshman. Smith attended H.D. Woodson High School as a senior, but did not play football. He also lettered in basketball and track and field in high school.
Full name is Jordan Armani Smith. He is the son of Stephen and Shamla Smith, and has two older brothers, Stephen Jr. and Chase. Both of his brothers were collegiate student-athletes. Stephen played football at Georgetown (2004-08) after playing with former Nittany Lion standout Derrick Williams in high school. Chase played basketball at Wingate (2008-12). Smith is a childhood friend of former Nittany Lion cornerback Stephon Morris. He enjoys listening to music and spending time with his family. He plans to major in management and become a sports agent. Born November 13, 1994 in Washington, D.C.