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Pitt football got a unique commitment this week, as Kollin Smith, a Maryland native who had already committed to run for the university’s track team during the 2017-18 season, announced that he will be walking on to the football team, as well.

Smith was the 2016-17 Gatorade Maryland boy’s track and field player of the year coming out of Frederick Douglas High School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, which is just east of Washington, D.C.

Pittsburgh Sports Now’s Harry Psaros profiled Smith and he talked about the process of being recruited as a two-sport athlete and how he ended up at Pitt.

Smith, who checks in at 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, says he will begin practice with the team on Monday. Because Smith has a track scholarship at Pitt, the rules are slightly different than for a typical walk-on.

He’s welcome to practice as one of the 105 members of the football team, but because of previous abuses of two-sports athletes on scholarship, the NCAA has mandated a hierarchy that means that athletes that compete in more than one sport count towards the higher-profile team’s scholarship limit.

So Smith can practice with Pitt as a walk-on, but for him to take the field, he will have to count as one of Pat Narduzzi’s 85 scholarships. Pitt currently has 83 scholarship players in camp, with Paris Ford’s status still up in the air.

Pitt recently opened up a spot on the 105-man roster when long snapper Robert Hill, who had transferred from Tulsa, left the team.

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