Smith Staying Open

Branden Smith is one of the most heavily recruited players in Georgia this year. With his blend of speed and coverage ability, schools from across the country have courted him hoping to land this lockdown cornerback. With much of the interest coming from right near home in the southeast, would Smith even consider playing in Big Ten country?

When asked which schools are recruiting him the hardest, Atlanta Washington CB Branden Smith responded, "Basically everybody."

What seems like a vague, generic response is actually an exact truth. The 5'11, 180-lb Smith now holds over twenty offers including ones from Florida, Florida State, Auburn, Georgia, Notre Dame and many other national powers. This past spring he received one from Michigan and has kept in contact with the Wolverines.

"I've talked to the defensive coordinator (Scott Shafer) and the linebackers coach (Jay Hopson)," Smith reported, "They talked about my future up there and how it would be a good step for me to become a Michigan player and the tradition Michigan has."

This spring and summer, Smith was able to get out and visit Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Auburn, four schools who have offered and he is considering. Those visits were all nearby, making them a much easier trip than heading up to Ann Arbor.

"Right now it's very hard for me to travel far," Smith explained, "I'm going to try to make it up there (Michigan), but right now I'm trying to make it everywhere."

A day trip or unofficial visit is one thing, spending four years that far away from home is another, but Smith insists proximity to the Peach State will not be one of his deciding factors.

"I'm OK going far," he said, "right now location [is not an issue] for me, the only thing is does it have everything I'm looking for in a school. If a school has it, I might end up going there no matter where it is."

Smith insists he is wide open, saying, "right now, I'm interested in everybody." That won't last for long though as he does have his recruiting blueprint mapped out for the rest of the year..

"I'm going to try to do my top ten or top five by the middle of the season and make my official decision at the Under All-American game."

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