Branden Smith is one of the best players in Georgia for the 2009 recruiting class. Scout.com's Scott Kennedy says, "A weapon on offense, defense, and special teams, Smith is an electrifying athlete with the ball in his hands. He has the quickness and size to be a lockdown corner, but playing receiver is not out of the question. He's a dynamite punt returner that should see the ball even if he ends up on defense in college."
That ability has translated to 4 offers and interest from schools all over the nation. "Recruiting is going alright. It's coming up. I've gotten offers from Georgia, Clemson, Auburn and Florida State. A ton of schools are sending me mail. I'd like to hear more from USC, but they'll come check me out if interested," said Smith.
Florida State has been one of the schools in constant contact with Smith. Branden says that the Seminoles are a team he intends to check out, saying, "I like FSU. I like the players they've had there. I've heard it's a real nice campus. They had a great recruiting class last year and are off to another great start this year. You have to look at that."
While Smith doesn't know too much about the program right now, he has taken the time to contact 3 coaches at FSU to talk and to plan a possible visit. "I called the coaches and talked to them. I spoke to Coach Odell, Bobby Bowden and Mickey Andrews. They were telling me about the school and the team. They want me to come down and show me around, meet the players, and stuff like that. I can see myself building a relationship with them. I just asked them questions about the school, graduation rate and how many people go to the NFL," explained Smith.
Branden is in no rush to make a decision. He feels it is important to check out what these schools have to offer. When he is satisfied with the offers in hand, he'll sit down and make a plan. He said, "Whoever offers, I like. I'm pretty wide open right now. When I get a lot of offers I'm gonna break it down to the schools that I like. This is about choosing the right school where I'll be for 4 years. Yeah, football is apart of it, but I want to go somewhere I can graduate from, and have coaches I like and can talk to if I'm having problems."
Other than the versatility ability Smith brings to the field, he feels that his attitude helps him excel on the field. "My attitude and how I step on field makes me stand out," said Smith. "I like to work hard, and I want to get better at everything. If I play corner I want to learn how to become a great shut-down corner. If I play receiver, I want to learn how to beat my man and run great routes."
While Smith is listed as a corner, some schools like FSU are looking at him more as an athlete. At this time he has no preference where he plays, as long as he can help his team. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Branden and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.