2013 Intro: Brandon Smith

KERNERSVILLE, N.C. --- Among North Carolina's biggest Junior Day visitors – literally – will be Brandon Smith, a 6-foot-7, 320-pound offensive lineman from East Forsyth.

Scouting Report

"He's a strong kid, big kid," East Forsyth head coach Todd Willert said. "He has those long arms, long reach.

"We weighed him recently and he's about 320 [pounds]. I was guessing before we weighed him that he would be 312. That's because he's a lean kid for how big he is. He carries that weight really well, but we obviously don't want him to get any bigger than that so he's able to move."

Prep Career

During the latter part of his sophomore season, Smith found a home in East Forsyth's starting lineup. He was a fulltime starter at guard as a junior earning All-Forsyth County and All-Piedmont Triad Conference recognition, but will be moved outside for his senior year.

"We played him on the inside at guard, because we were a heavy run team [in 2011]," Willert said. "We'll be moving him to a tackle spot, because I think we'll be throwing a little bit more [this coming season]… We'll probably move him to right tackle."

Recruitment

This past week, East Carolina extended Smith his first scholarship offer. He is also receiving significant interest from Clemson, Florida State, Maryland, North Carolina, NC State, and Virginia.

"The most interest has been coming from Clemson," Willert said. "[North] Carolina [under the previous staff] showed a lot of interest, but coming under the coaching change that has affected [the level of interest]. The [new] Carolina coaches have been in here and I've talked to them at the Greensboro [Coach's] Clinic. They want him to come down to one of their junior days, but I know they were really busy trying to get their first class done… I'm hoping they will recruit Brandon like the last staff did, because Carolina was really high on Brandon's board."

The new UNC coaching staff has already spoken to Smith.

"They're pretty cool," Smith said. "I look forward to getting to know them more."

Smith will get that chance Saturday during the Tar Heels' Junior Day. Previously, he has camped at UNC and attended three games at the school.

"I love the atmosphere of the crowd [in Kenan Stadium]," Smith said. "Everybody is so hyped for games. Marcus Berry was always so hyped. It made me hyped – it made me feel like I was about to play in the game."

About a month ago, Smith attended junior days at Clemson and NC State. He has been to games at Clemson, NC State, Virginia, and Wake Forest.

Clemson, UNC, and Virginia are among the schools that are sticking out to Smith.

"I just like the coaches [at those schools], first and foremost," Smith said. "I want to know the people who are going to take care of me when I get to college. And I like the academic part of those schools."

According to Smith, most schools are recruiting him for offensive tackle.

"It will determine on the staff and what their philosophy is," Willert said. "He'll be able to play guard or tackle, because he's played both here. Wherever they need him, he'll be able to play."

Extra Notes

Smith has a couple ties to UNC. He is close to East Forsyth alumnus and UNC junior guard David Collins and former Tar Heel Greg Elleby is an assistant coach at East Forsyth.

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