It was only a matter of time before Brandon Smith picked up his first scholarship offer.
That happened earlier this week when Virginia decided to pull the trigger.
“It means a lot to me and my family,” Smith said. “Just knowing that a big program like Virginia has noticed my hard work – it’s great. I really like the campus and coaching staff.”
Besides Virginia, Smith said Maryland is recruiting him hardest.
“I haven’t visited yet, but I know they’re very interested in me,” said the 6-foot-5, 220-pound Smith. “I’ve talked to (assistant) coach (Marcus) Berry and we’ve developed a good relationship. I like the way he communicates and it’s easy to talk to him.
“He’s told me about the school and said they’re recruiting me to play either outside linebacker or defensive end.”
His next visit will be Clemson’s junior day on March 4.
“I haven’t been down there before, so I’m excited to see the facilities and talk to the coaches,” Smith said. “I’m also looking forward to seeing how they do things, seeing the campus and learning more about the school.
“(Quarterbacks) coach (Brandon) Streeter is recruiting me and I also started talking to (defensive coordinator) coach (Brent) Venables a few weeks ago. They’re both very dedicated and I feel like I can talk to them about anything. They also give good advice.”
Smith finished last season with 75 tackles, including 10 tackles for loss and six sacks.