Penn State has had a long line of talented and productive players from metropolitan Washington, D.C., and true freshman Jordan Smith is working hard to join that notable list. He was among seven Nittany Lions who enrolled in the University in January and participated in winter workouts and spring practice. Smith will have an opportunity to make an immediate impact in the secondary and on special teams when training camp begins. He likely will battle Da'Quan Davis, Jordan Lucas and Anthony Smith for time in the cornerback rotation. A vastly talented athlete, Smith recorded nearly 130 tackles and seven interceptions as a sophomore and junior at Archbishop Carroll High School. Smith is a childhood friend of former Nittany Lion cornerback Stephon Morris, also a Washington, D.C., area product, and is wearing the No. 12 Morris wore from 2009-12. He is one of 12 returning Nittany Lions from the state of Maryland.
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.