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4-star ‘blessed and thankful’ to get offer from Clemson

On Monday, Clemson dispensed an offer to Mineral (Va.) Louisa County four-star Brandon Smith.

Smith, a standout defensive prospect in the 2019 class, spoke with The Clemson Insider shortly after announcing the offer on social media.

“It’s a great feeling to get an offer from the defending national champions and a school with such great football tradition,” Smith told TCI. “I’m truly blessed and thankful.”

Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables informed Smith of the offer over the phone.

“My high school coach gave me a message to call coach Venables,” Smith said. “I called him after practice, and during our conversation he extended the offer.

“Coach talked about how good of a student and athlete I am, and they see me as a complete player and think I fit great in their system.”

Smith (6-3, 218) is rated as a defensive end by the major recruiting services, though Venables likes him at linebacker, the position he plays for his high school team.

“Coach talked about me playing linebacker,” Smith said.

Smith made his first visit to Clemson in March for the Tigers’ junior day.

He has been to a slew of schools since, including Penn State, Virginia Tech, Duke, Virginia, Maryland, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Georgia and Alabama.

Smith plans to sit down with his parents to discuss the schools they want to visit during the college football season, and Clemson appears likely to get him back on campus after offering.

“There’s a great chance I will get to a game,” Smith said. “I will have to talk with my parents and see what game we attend.”

Along with Clemson, Smith carries offers from Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech among others.

How do the Tigers stack up with the other big-time programs on his list?

“The Clemson offer is a great offer,” Smith said. “They rank up there with some of the top schools that I like thus far.”

Smith hasn’t yet named any favorites and doesn’t currently have a timetable for his future college decision.

Last season, Smith registered 75 tackles, including 10 tackles for loss, and six sacks.

He is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 110 prospect in his class regardless of position.

 

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