Branden Smith Talks About GT's T-Day Visit.

Branden Smith, is a 5'11" -180 pound defensive back from Atlanta-Washington High. Branden spoke with Scout.com about his trip to Georgia Tech's T-Day game. Branden is one the top cornerbacks in the southeast if not the nation. He is being recruited by many of the top schools from the southeast.

Branden Smith, a 5'11" -180 pound defensive back from Atlanta-Washington High. Branden spoke with Scout.com about his trip to Georgia Tech's T-Day game. Branden is one the top cornerbacks in the southeast if not the nation. He is being recruited by many of the top schools from the southeast.

How did your day go at Georgia Tech's T-Day game?

It went very well. I really liked my time there Saturday. There is a lot of fan support for Georgia Tech and it showed by their attendance at the scrimmage. I got a chance to talk to the coaches and the players. All in all it was a very enjoyable day."

Which coaches did you get a chance to talk to while you were there?

"I talked to them all. I got a chance to do a one on one talk with Coach Johnson. He was great. He told me what a great fit I would be in the program and how much Georgia Tech would be a great fit for me. I talked with Coach Buzz (Buzz Preston) my recruiting coach. I really liked him. I also got a chance to talk to Coach Kelly and sit in on the corner backs meeting to see how he works and coaches the players. He is a very good coach and I really like him. I saw Coach Wommack coach the players. I like the way he handles his defense."

Could you see yourself playing for Georgia Tech?

"Yes sir I could see myself there. It is a great school with a lot of fan enthusiasm there. The players I know tell me it is really great there. I talked to a few of them and they told me that Georgia Tech is a great school. Morgan Burnett was one that let me know how great a school it is."

What schools have offered you right now?

"I have offers from Florida, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Georgia, Arkansas, West Virginia, and Alabama. I hear a lot from others schools so more offers could be on the way in the future."

Do you have a favorite right now?

"No sir I do not. I am very wide open. I want to see what every school has to offer and how I will fit in the school before I can even name a favorite."

What factors will you use to decide on a school?

"I will be looking at the alumni program and graduation rates. I will look at how I connect with the coaches. Building a good relationship with them will be important. Also, how I get along with the players will be another big factor. I want to have a great comfort level at the school."

How about location?

"That isn't a big deal at all to me. I could care less if the school is 20 minutes away or a long ways away. What happens, happens. Not a big deal."

How about visits? Are you through with them for the spring?

"Right now the next two things on my list are the Scout.com camp at Auburn and the Nike camp at Alabama. Then summer camps will be on the list. I have a lot of camps I've been invited to but I am only going to go to three camps. I will have to sit down and decide on which ones. As for any other visits, I might go to some schools I haven't visited to see how they look."

How about your decision? Will it be one before or after your senior year?

"Right now I am looking at one to be made after my senior year of high school football. I want to enjoy my season and then decide. I will make my visits and then decide. I haven't decided on the five yet as new schools have entered the picture and I want to make sure I pick the right five."

How about your senior year? How does your team shape up?

"We look real good. The whole team has been working real hard and we have a point to prove not only as individuals but as a team. We will be real good in my opinion."

As a player, what are your best traits?

"I've been told I do pretty much everything real well. Personally, I feel my speed, quickness, and catching ability are my best traits. I play corner back on defense. On offense, I play quarterback, running back, and wide receiver. All those things fit in real well at the positions I play."

What would be one thing you would want to work on before college?

"I want to work on my jamming the receiver at the line. I can cover well due to my speed and my hip movements but I think if I get better at jamming the receiver, my over all play will be better."

What are you being recruited to play in college?

"Right now I am being listed as an athlete because I play so many positions."


Dale's Take:
Branden was very easy to talk too and was happy to do the interview. He is very open and is looking forward to the recruiting process. Despite the big list of schools he maintains that he does not have a leader and hasn't told anyone he does. I get the feeling that he will play his decision and his list of favorites close to the vest. He has ideas of what he wants to look at when he visits schools and what he will use to determine which school he will ultimately go to next year. Branden is also of the trend of football players running track. He was recently named the fastest player in his city and he knows of Kenny Gilstrap and his track happenings.


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