By NU Athletic Communications
DB, 6-2, 205, River Ridge, La. (John Curtis HS)
P.J. Smith is a talented defensive back prospect who joins the Husker program from Louisiana prep powerhouse John Curtis High in River Ridge. Smith is one of two players in the class from the state of Louisiana, both of whom committed to the Huskers in the past week. Smith was a four-year starter for Coach J.T. Curtis and helped the school to Class 2A state titles each of the past three seasons. Smith earned first-team all-state honors this season and was a member of the Baton Rouge Advocate’s Louisiana “Super Dozen”. The 6-2, 205-pound Smith made 85 tackles, added four interceptions and forced a pair of fumbles for a 12-2 state championship team in 2007. Smith also saw action at receiver and caught a pair of touchdown passes. Smith was a two-way standout during his junior season. On the defensive side of the ball, Smith made 28 tackles, had three interceptions and broke up 14 passes. On offense his 10 receptions covered 124 yards, including three touchdown catches. Smith is regarded as one of the top 15 players in Louisiana by Rivals.com and among the top 50 safeties in the country by the recruiting service. Smith’s skills are not limited to the gridiron. He is also a four-year starter in basketball and is currently leads him team in scoring and rebounding. Smith chose Nebraska after also visiting Arkansas, Baylor and Southern Miss. He is the son of Richard and Darlisa Smith and was born on April 28, 1989.