Blue-chip ‘19 prospect talks Tigers’ elite junior day
The Clemson football program held its annual elite junior day Saturday. Around two dozen top prospects in the 2019 class were in attendance.
One of the blue-chip recruits that made their way to Clemson was Mineral (Va.) Louisa County four-star linebacker Brandon Smith.
Smith (6-4, 215) is ranked among the top 50 prospects in the 2019 class regardless of position. He carries more than 20 scholarship offers, including ones from Clemson, Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Florida, Georgia, Virginia Tech and others.
Smith’s visit to Clemson on Saturday marked his first time there since the Tigers’ junior day last March. After Clemson’s elite junior day concluded, TCI spoke with Smith about his experience.
TCI: How did you enjoy the visit, and what was the highlight of your time on campus?
Smith: “The visit went great! Learning more about the program, talking more with Coach Venables and riding to the basketball game on a golf cart with Coach Swinney was great.”
TCI: Did you enjoy the basketball game and checking out Clemson’s football operations facility?
Smith: “I did. Great game and the facilities are nice.”
TCI: What did you hear from the coaches?
Smith: “The message was their interest in me is very strong. My athletic abilities and range as a LB would be a great asset to their defense.”
TCI: Who came with you on the visit, and how did they enjoy it?
Smith: “My parents, brother and uncle were with me, and they had a great time as well.”
TCI: Did the visit help Clemson’s chances of landing you?
Smith: “Yes sir it did. They will be one of my top schools for sure.”