Tigers intrigued by future blue-chipper

Major offers and interest have come for defensive end/outside linebacker Brandon Smith following a strong sophomore season in 2016.

The future blue-chipper from Mineral (Va.) Louisa County landed his first offer from Virginia in February. He hauled in offers from Duke, Maryland, Penn State and Virginia Tech in April before seeing Florida State, Temple, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest throw their hats in already this month.

Clemson is among a list of others showing interest in Smith, who attended the Tigers’ junior day in March.

“I really enjoyed the campus, tour of the new facilities and watching practice, meeting the coaches,” Smith told The Clemson Insider. “Great time there.”

“(The new facility) is really nice,” he added. “I like the locker rooms. The slide is cool too.”

Smith chatted mostly with Brent Venables and Brandon Streeter while on campus, and said he communicates with the two coaches regularly.

“They talk about playing me at linebacker but possibly defensive end if I continue to grow,” Smith said. “They like my length, athleticism and that I play sideline to sideline and love to hit.”

Last season, Smith logged 75 tackles with 10 tackles for loss and six sacks at linebacker. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder earned first-team All-Jefferson conference honors and was an All-Central Virginia honorable mention.

Along with Clemson, Smith said he has gotten interest lately from schools such as Arizona State, Minnesota, North Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Southern Cal and Stanford.

If the Tigers advance their interest with an offer moving forward, Clemson would be an attractive option for Smith.

“I really like the campus, academic structure, facilities and where the program is at just winning the national championship,” he said. “The coaches seem to be coaches you would want to play for.”

Smith has also visited Duke, Maryland, Penn State, Virginia and Virginia Tech this spring.

He is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 3 prospect in Virginia, No. 7 weak-side defensive end and No. 107 overall prospect in the 2019 class.

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