Highly-Regarded Cornerback High on Tigers

Talented Branden Smith discusses his interest in Auburn and four other college football programs in a report with game video.

Atlanta, Ga.--Signing cornerbacks is a high priority for the 2009 Auburn football recruiting class and one of the most exciting players the Tigers have on their radar screen lives a couple of hours drive up I-85 at Atlanta's Washington High School.

Branden Smith, who is ranked as Scout.com's number eight cornerback prospect in the country, is a big-play threat who is also a standout receiver and return man who is capable of going the distance every time he touches the football.

If that isn't enough to excite college coaches, throw in the facts that Smith is an honor student and one of the fastest high school juniors in the state of Georgia, then it is easy to understand why he has early scholarship offers from Auburn, Georgia, Clemson, Alabama and Florida State.

Smith was in Auburn for the Tigers' annual spring football game and he notes that Coach Tommy Tuberville and his staff made it clear they would like him to be a Tiger, too. "Yes sir, they told me they wanted me and they are looking for cornerbacks," Smith says.

In football, he played at around 180 pounds last fall. He has dropped around 15 pounds while concentrating on his second sport this spring. Last spring, he ran a 10.62 meters as a sophomore. His goal is to drop his time to 10.5 and win the state title in that glamour event as a junior.

After track is done and as football season approaches, Smith notes he will work at putting on weight and he expects to be taller, too. "I am still growing," he says. "I am 5-11 right now and I hope to get 6-1. I am still growing a lot."

A prospect who plans to attend the Scout.com Combine in Auburn on April 27th, he says that as he prepares for his senior year he has several parts of his game as a cornerback he is trying to improve. "I am working on getting better with my quickness, my jamming and things like that," he says.

Commenting on one of his goals, Smith says, "I am trying to bring my stock up. Right now, I am ranked the number eight cornerback prospect in the nation. I am trying to get up into the top three."

What he has done so far on a football field is enough to earn him a healthy amount of attention from college coaches no matter what type of ranking he has. "Recruiting is going real well," he says. "I have five offers and hopefully I will get some more."

Smith says he isn't a fan of a particular college. "I grew up liking all college teams," says the cornerback, who notes that he isn't in a hurry to pick where he will play college football. "Right now I am planning on waiting and taking all of my visits before I commit," he says.

The cornerback, who says he is interested in majoring in communications, says that he is interested in all five colleges that have made early scholarship offers.

"I just went down to Auburn for the spring game," he says. "I liked it a lot. It was my second time going down there and I really liked it even more the second time. I am hoping to go down there again. I met with the head coach and I met with all of the coaching staff and I liked them a lot."

Commenting on Georgia, he says, "They have got a good offense and defense. I met with the head coach and the coaching staff and one of my teammates, Reshad Jones, plays for Georgia. I like them a lot, too."

Commenting on Clemson, Smith says, "One of my friends, James Davis, plays there. I have had a chance to look at them and I am thinking about going to their spring game."

The cornerback says he plans to visit Alabama. "I haven't been down there yet so I can't really say a lot about Alabama, but I am hoping to go there soon and meet with their coaches and players.

"I haven't been down to Florida State either so I can't say a lot about them either," he adds.

Check out Smith's highlight video to see why he is such a highly regarded junior:

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