April 25, 2006
Kevan Smith talks football and baseball
Pitt commit Kevan Smith has the same affliction striking a number of the Panthers' recruits from the class of 2006: he can't wait to get out of high school. Unlike most high school seniors, the Seneca Valley quarterback and his fellow future Panthers aren't as anxious to get away from school as they are to get to Pitt. After spending quite a bit of time together at Pitt basketball games and spring practices, Smith said that he and his 2006 classmates have already formed fairly solid bonds.
"We're all pretty good friends," Smith told the Pantherlair this week, about ten days after he and the other recruits grouped together at Pitt's Spring Game last Saturday. "We're already talking about roommates and we even go out sometimes."
Smith has spent quite a bit of time with the Panthers this spring and the Pitt coaches, particularly senior quarterback Tyler Palko and offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh. He wasn't able to make every practice, though, as he is also starring for Seneca Valley's baseball team, hitting a gaudy .485 average while serving as the team's catcher. His high-percentage hitting has drawn respectful attention from opponents.
Smith's exploits on the diamond have also garnered interest from other sources as well, interest in the form of Major League Baseball scouts, who have been taking in a number of Seneca Valley games lately.
For Smith, it's a whole new recruiting process that could mean the one that was completed last summer is in jeopardy.
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