It seems like every day Branden Smith is getting a new offer. Each day a text will come in to me from the talented recruit letting NoleDigest know the latest school to offer him a scholarship. Branden says that recruiting is going really well, and it is something he thought would come his way.
"Recruiting is going really well for me. I'm up to 13 offers from some of the top programs in the nation. Today LSU offered me, and that is a big one. They're the defending national champs. Other big-time programs like Florida, Florida State, Auburn, Alabama, Michigan and West Virginia have offered me. I am not surprised that I have these options because I worked really hard and now it's paying off for me."
Branden says that he just finished up his last spring football session, and he feels his performance is what is leading to all of these schools offering him after they see him. He says his leadership and playmaking ability has made him one of the up-and-coming players for 2009.
"Spring practice went very well for me. I had a ton of coaches come in to see me practice. I heard from my coach that they were all impressed with my leadership ability and my footwork. I want to be the leader for my team this year and take us to the state title. I have a smooth backpedal and it showed this spring. I wanted to show that I am the best corner in the nation. I'm just staying focused, but when people start to see my highlight film they'll see that I am the best."
The confident Smith has been hearing from FSU lately, and he says the Seminoles are starting to recruit him hard. After doing some research on the program, he found out that the Seminoles are the exact opposite of what he thought they were.
"I heard from FSU 3 days ago. They're starting to recruit me pretty hard. I started doing some research on them and I was impressed by them. I gotta say that it is not what I thought it was. I thought it was a program that has fallen off, but they're picking themselves back up and they've been recruiting really hard lately. FSU recruits the best players and they put some of the best into the NFL. It's a good program and a good school."
"I spoke to Coach Coley and he was telling me how they want me to come down to see the school. I want to meet the coaches and the players. Everyone says it is nice there, so I want to go down there and see how it is. Mainly I want to get down there and see how everything works down there."
At this time Branden says that he is pretty open. He says all of the schools are coming at him hard and that he's beginning the process of trimming down his list. While there are no plans set for camps, he does want to make it down to some schools for visits.
"I want to get my list down to a top 5 by the middle part of my season. Before I do that I want to check out some schools over the summer. As far as camps go, I don't think I am going to participate in any because I don't think I have more left to prove at this time. I do want to go and watch them and visit the schools, though. I plan on hanging with my team, so when it fits my schedule I want to visit LSU, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame and Rutgers. Other than Clemson, I haven't visited any of those schools yet and I want to check them out."
It is very possible that Branden's recruitment will go down to the wire. He has seen his recruitment take off since the start of the spring evaluation period, and there is a good chance that other programs will come calling soon. With the need for quality defensive backs with major playmaking potential, FSU may begin to really push for Smith leading into the summer. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Branden and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.