A couple of weeks ago, we profiled Plum freshman phenom Rahmon Hart, a future D-1 player. Today, we’ll introduce you to another local freshman that also has a very high ceiling.
Despite being so young, Penn Hills RB/LB Tank Smith is already receiving heavy interest from D-1 schools like Penn State, Temple, North Carolina, West Virginia and Pitt. In fact, Smith will be at Pitt this weekend participating in a team 7×7 camp.
I talked with Smith about all the attention he’s getting and about the advice he’s getting on how to handle all this attention at such a young age.
“Yeah, it’s definitely exciting. Growing up watching these teams play on TV and always imagining myself playing at that level and now being recruited by those teams, it’s definitely exciting,” said Smith.
“I don’t pay much attention to it since it won’t be until 2019 when I sign my letter of intent. My dad and my family just tell me to stay humble and keep working and playing hard and everything will fall into place.”
Smith (5-8, 195) is a linebacker and running back at Penn Hills but doesn’t have a preference when talking about the next level.
“I’d prefer to play running back but really it all depends on what school fits me best so that won’t have much emphasis on my college decision.”
Pitt has been in contact with Smith who’s really excited about this weekend and what it could lead to.
“I have a pretty good relationship with Coach Harley. We first met a few months ago and I’ve spoken to him several times since then,” said Smith. “He was very impressed with what he’s seen from me and wants to get a better look at me this weekend at their 7×7 camp.”
“An offer from Pitt would be HUGE for me. My brother, Aaron, played wide receiver for Pitt a few years ago and I have multiple family members that are Pitt graduates. And on the football side, I grew up watching Pitt, they’ve always been one of my favorite schools. I’ll always consider Pitt since they’re my hometown school. I also love what the new coaching staff is doing with the program.”
So does Smith think an offer could be coming this weekend?
“I think there’s a chance but I won’t be expecting anything because I know there’s a lot more evaluating to do before offering. All I can do is go out and do my thing and hope for an offer. As a shorter guy known for his strength, I think they’re looking for how versatile I am on the offensive side. And on defense, I think they’ll be looking for how I can cover against quicker guys in the slot position,” said Smith.
Regardless of what happens this weekend, both Smith and Hart are players that we’ll be able to enjoy and follow for the next few years.
“Rahmon and I are cool but we never really talk about college. It would be cool if we can play for the same school in our future though. He’s doing big things with his recent offers from Temple and KCU. He went down to the Rivals Underclassmen Challenge and did his thing. I know we’re both going to be big time national recruits!”
// Header image: Tank Smith – Picture courtesy of Tank Smith