Clemson a top contender for top-100 junior

Clemson a top contender for top-100 junior


Clemson a top contender for top-100 junior

One of the nation's top defensive prospects in the 2019 class remains high on the Tigers

Mineral (Va.) Louisa County four-star Brandon Smith visited Clemson back in March before landing an offer from the Tigers over the summer.

Smith, one of the nation’s best defensive prospects in the 2019 class, expressed interest in Clemson following the offer.

The Clemson Insider recently caught up with Smith, who said his thoughts haven’t changed and he remains high on the Tigers.

“The Tigers will be one of my top schools,” Smith said.

Smith (6-4, 215) is rated as a defensive end by some recruiting services, but Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables likes him as a linebacker.

Smith also plays basketball for his school, though his future is on the gridiron.

Venables got in contact with the top-100 junior prospect recently.

“I spoke with Coach Venables a couple of weeks ago,” Smith said. “He’s talked about getting up to visit once the season is over with. Maybe to a basketball game.”

Smith said he intends to visit Clemson again.

“I will definitely get back down in the spring for a visit,” he said.

Smith carries close to two dozen offers in total, including ones from Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Southern Cal, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin.

A lot of schools continue to recruit Smith hard, he said.

“I am hearing from a bunch of schools,” he said. “Too many to name them all.”

Smith has helped lead Louisa County to a 13-0 record this season heading into the team’s Class 4 state semifinal game on Saturday.

Once his junior season is over, Smith said he will begin to map out a plan for narrowing down his list of choices and making a decision in the future.

“I will talk with my parents and mentors about my recruitment more after the season,” he said.

Smith is ranked as a top-100 prospect in the 2019 by all of the major recruiting services. He attended games at Penn State, Virginia Tech, Ohio State and Georgia this fall.


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