Saturday’s top-five showdown between Alabama and Florida State in Atlanta will attract a slew of top prospects, and four-star edge rusher Brandon Smith will be among them.
The class of 2019 standout from Mineral (Va.) Louisa County High has mapped out a couple of other early season visits, as well.
“I will be at the FSU game on Saturday, Penn State (vs. Pittsburgh) next weekend and Ohio State (vs. Maryland) on October 7,” Smith told The Clemson Insider.
Clemson is also in Smith’s plans after extending a verbal offer to him in late July.
“I will be making plans to attend a Clemson game as well,” Smith said. “I just haven’t scheduled it yet.”
Smith is circling the Tigers’ games against Georgia Tech and Florida State as potential visit dates.
“It will be the October 28 or November 11 game,” he said.
Smith (6-3, 218) could project as a defensive end or outside linebacker at the next level. Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables likes him at linebacker, the position he plays for his high school team.
Smith recently had a chance to catch up with Venables and recruiting coordinator Brandon Streeter.
“Good conversation with them both,” Smith said. “Coach Venables thinks that I can be a great fit in their system and can’t wait to get me back down to campus.”
Smith — a consensus top-100 prospect in the 2019 class according to the major recruiting services — has a distinguished offer sheet that includes Clemson, Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech among others.
He doesn’t have a timetable for his college decision right now, but when the time comes to make his choice, a couple of factors will be paramount.
“Academics will definitely be important,” Smith said. “Also playing in a system that I will have opportunities to play early if I come and work hard and do what I am supposed to do.”
Smith visited Clemson for the first time in March, when he attended the program’s junior day.
As a sophomore last season, Smith recorded 75 tackles, including 10 tackles for loss, and six sacks.
He is ranked as high as the No. 4 outside linebacker and No. 16 overall prospect in the 2019 class by ESPN.