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  Aaron Smith
Aaron Smith

Player Profile
Class:
RS Junior

Hometown:
Monroeville, Pa.

High School:
Gateway

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 175

Position:
WR

2010 Scouting Report: Returning veteran who will vie for time in Pitt's receiving corps...will provide depth at flanker and also resume his role as the Panthers' primary punt returner...might boast the best hands on the team.

2009: Played in all 13 games as a punt returner...averaged 6.4 yards on 17 returns (109 total yards)...had a career-long return of 18 yards against Cincinnati...averaged a career-best 16 yards per return (two returns for 32 yards) against the Bearcats.

2008: Played in four games as a reserve receiver.

2007: Originally signed with Pitt as part of its 2006 recruiting class...suffered a dislocated left shoulder during '06 training camp and elected to re-enroll in January '07...did not play in any games and redshirted.

High School: Excelled as a dual-threat quarterback and defensive back at Gateway, where he was named to The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AAAA All-State Team (first team) as a senior...selected one of the top 50 National Players of the Year by Old Spice "Red Zone"...also played wide receiver during his high school career, earning All-Quad Southwest Conference honors at that position his sophomore season...moved to quarterback his final two years...a four-year starter and three-time all-conference selection...compiled 2,271 all-purpose yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior...threw for 1,575 yards and 14 touchdowns, while rushing for 538 yards and five TDs...as a junior he threw for 1,188 yards and 15 touchdowns and rushed for 510 yards and six TDs...in his four seasons as a starter, helped Gateway to four WPIAL playoff berths, three section titles and a combined 36-10 record (.783)...team went 7-4 his senior year and 11-2 his junior season, finishing as the WPIAL Class AAAA runner-up...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22"...Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25"...Pittsburgh Tribune-Review All-Class AAAA...Harrisburg Patriot-News "Platinum 33"...PrepStar All-American...Max Emfinger All-American...selected to play in the Max Emfinger All-American Bowl Classic...selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic...rated one of the top 15 prospects in Pennsylvania by Rivals.com...Rivals.com also rated him the No. 22 "athlete" nationally...rated one of the nation's top 50 receiver prospects by Scout.com...rated one of the top 70 prospects in the East Region by Scout.com...played under Coach Terry Smith...also a baseball and track and field letterman...East Suburban Orthopedic Achievement Award.

Personal: Aaron S. Smith, born 1/6/88, is the son of Harvey Smith Jr., and the grandson of Harvey and Marian Smith Sr...has four brothers and two sisters...has extensive football family ties...father played at West Virginia (1983-87)...uncle (Terry Smith, his high school coach) played at Penn State (1987-91) and was a Washington Redskins draft pick...is a cousin of former Pitt cornerbacks Darrelle Revis (2004-06) and Bernard "Josh" Lay (2002-05)...Revis is now a Pro Bowl cornerback for the New York Jets and was the franchise's No. 1 draft pick in 2007...Lay was a draft selection of the New Orleans Saints...cousin Justin King is a third-year cornerback for the St. Louis Rams and played with Aaron at Gateway before matriculating to Penn State (2005-07)...another cousin, Chuck Fisher, played for West Virginia (1995-98) and the Cincinnati Bengals (1999-2000)...administration of justice major.