Venables hands out LB offer

Early last week, Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables offered this three-star outside linebacker from Dominion High School in Sterling, Va.

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Dominion head coach Karl Buckwalter told Chad Smith late last Monday afternoon that Brent Venables was on the phone, ready to extend the offer.

"At first, I was like, ‘Alright, coach, get real. Who is it really on the phone?' I hadn't been hearing much from Clemson at all recently," Smith told CUTigers, during a recent interview. "The last time I'd heard from them was 1-day camp last year…I went down there and that was the last that I had heard of them.

"My dad had been sending film and sending stats after every game, but we never got any response, so it was kind of a shock to me hear that they'd offered me."

Smith went in-depth about his conversation with Venables.

"He told me that he just got done watching my film. At first, he didn't know who I was. Then, he looked me up and saw my picture and was like, that's the kid from the 1-day camp this past year," Smith said. "He said…he loved my film and how I flew around to the ball. He said he was going to offer me a scholarship to come down there play for him at Clemson."

Smith will visit Clemson on Feb. 1 for Junior Day. The next day, he and his dad will head to Pittsburgh for the Panthers' junior day.

He camped at Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Penn State during the summer. Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh offered midway through his junior season. With the coaching change at Penn State, Smith is not sure where things currently stand with Penn State.

"I don't have any favorites right now. I keep them all even, the offers that I have. I don't have a top three or anything like that," Smith said. "I'll have a top at the beginning of my senior season. I'll probably have a top five of schools that I'm really looking into.

"But, right now, it's sort of a little too early in the recruiting process, to have anything figured out, which schools are in my top five."

As a junior, he had 96 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, six interceptions, a pick-6 and recovered a fumble. On the offensive side of the ball, Smith rushed 78 times for 760 yards and 12 touchdowns.

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