PA Safety Commits to West Virginia

October 18, 2011

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West Virginia’s coaching staff picked up the 19th member of their 2012 recruiting class today when Nate Smith announced his decision to play football at WVU during a press conference at his high school. Smith (5’11, 185) is a 3-star defensive back from Archbishop Wood Catholic High School in Warminster, PA.

Smith chose West Virginia over offers from South Carolina, Michigan State, Temple, and Toledo. He also received heavy interest from Georgia, Pitt, Rutgers, and Cincinnati. According to, Nate is the #21 ranked safety in the country and the #15 ranked overall player in the state of Pennsylvania.

Smith plays both receiver and DB in high school, but is expected to play free safety at West Virginia. You know the old saying that the only reason you play defense is because you can’t catch the ball? Well, that’s not the case with Nate Smith. He has a great set of hands and has shown the ability to make plays on the ball as both a receiver and a defensive back. Smith has also shown the ability to tackle in the open field and is more than willing to come up

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and help in run support. He should be a great fit for Jeff Casteel’s 3-3-5 defense.

Smith has visited Morgantown numerous times and has developed a close relationship with WVU defensive coaches Bill Kirelawich and Steve Dunlap. His relationship with the coaches and appreciation for the 3-3-5 were key factors in his decision.

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