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Aaron Smith talks Pitt commit

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Pittsburgh picked up another commitment from the No. 15 player in Pennsylvania, wide receiver Aaron Smith. The 6-foot-0, 180-pounder with 4.49-second speed chose the Panthers over offers from Florida, Maryland, Penn State, Tennessee, Michigan State and Virginia.
"I like that it's close to home and they wanted me to play receiver," he said. "I like their coaches too. I felt comfortable with them specifically coach Hill, Bray and Wannstedt. They've all been recruiting me well and were always straight forward with me.
"I've also always been a fan of Pittsburgh and they're a good football team that's got a chance to compete for a national championship. It means a lot to play for the home team as my family can come and see me play, it works out better for them."
Coaches have mentioned the possibility for the Rivals250 star to see early playing time.
"They said I'll probably be able to get on the field as a freshman," he said. "Now I just have to start practicing as a wide receiver and focus on the fundamentals."
The four-star prospect hopes to spread the field more for the Panthers when he arrives next year.
"I think I'll be able to help Pittsburgh open up the playbook more since they'll have more playmakers," he said. "I won't be the only threat at wide receiver, they'll have multiple ones."
This season Smith plans to attend most of Pittsburgh's home games.
"I'm going to pay close attention to the wide receivers and my cousin Josh Lay that is starting with them too," he said. "Beyond that, I'm also going to pay attention to the whole team."
Smith accounted for nearly 1,700 yards of offense and 21 touchdowns as a junior. He went on to be named first team all-Quad South West Conference.
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