Signing Day Capsule: Brandon Smith

As a junior, Brandon Smith did it all for his high school team, playing quarterback, safety and linebacker. He finished his junior season with 1053 yards passing and 16 touchdowns. Smith had an additional 670 yards rushing with nine scores on the ground. Defensively, he had 60 tackles and nine interceptions; Smith benches 270 pounds and squats 415.

Brandon Smith
Safety 6-2/210/4.5
New Brunswick HS (New Brunswick, New Jersey)
NR: **** - Position Rank: 4

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His Recruiting Story
From the time the Wolverines offered Brandon Smith during February of 2007, it was clear the Wolverines would be near the front of the pack throughout his recruitment. With an early offer, and with Michigan as a childhood favorite, the Michigan offer had a significant impact on Smith, and it was evident in his first interviews with Scout.com

"My recruiting coordinator texted me from Michigan and asked me to give him a call yesterday so I got back to him quick," Smith stated. "He told me that the defensive backs coach took one look at my tape and was so impressed they wanted to offer now. They told me I had an offer, but Coach (Lloyd) Carr wasn't at the school right now, so they'd set something up when he got back next week so we could get to know each other."

"I'm just really honored to be offered by Michigan," Smith explained. "They are one of the best schools in the country both on and off the field. Their academics are excellent and I have been watching them every chance I get since Charles Woodson was there. The type of defense they play is so fast and they really seem to control the pace of the game. I also really like the way they play their safeties, moving them around to make plays."

With his feelings on the Michigan program well known, Smith took an official visit for Michigan's battle at Penn State the weekend of September 21.

"It was crazy there with 110,000 fans and next year there will be 120,000," Smith explained. "Watching them beat a ranked team like that was great. They are getting back to playing Michigan football now and everyone will start to realize that they just looked past their opponents in the first two games."

Smith followed up the visit with trips to Colorado and Rutgers. Following the retirement of Lloyd Carr, the Scarlet Knights even surpassed the Wolverines for Smith's services at one point during his recruitment. Shortly after talking to new Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez, however, Smith revised his interest in the Wolverines as he became Rodriguez's first Michigan commitment when he selected the Wolverines at the Army All-American bowl in San Antonio, Texas.

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Along with Boubacar Cissoko, Brandon Smith provides the Michigan defense with a second impact player in the secondary entering the Michigan program in 2008. With good size and speed, Smith has all the tools to be a difference maker at the Big 10 level.

"On defense I'm really versatile," Smith said. "I can play linebacker or man-up with the receiver at cornerback. My natural position is safety. I'm really dangerous on defense. I feel like I'm a good leader and I love being the last line of defense. You need to go through me to score. I love knowing that the game is on my shoulders."

Expect to see Smith log minutes immediately for the Wolverines. Should the opportunities not exist on the defensive side of the ball, Smith could play as a wide receiver or even quarterback if necessary.

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