Notre Dame Is Courting Branden Smith

Branden Smith is sitting on 10 great scholarship offers. Perhaps number eleven will be coming real soon for the four-star athlete out of Atlanta, Ga.

"My coach told me Notre Dame offered me," Branden Smith said. "I'm going to try and get in touch with the coaches there and see what's going on."

As of Sunday afternoon, the 5-foot-11, 180-pound Smith told Irish Eyes he hadn't been successful in reaching a Notre Dame representative.

"I called them, but he didn't answer his phone," Smith stated. "So I don't know."

What the standout from Washington High does know, is that Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida, Alabama, Auburn, Michigan, Florida State, Arkansas and West Virginia have all sent him over written scholarship offers.

College programs like Smith and his low 4.4 second speed in the 40-yard dash, as either a cornerback or receiver. Smith wasn't sure of his stats this past fall.

"Schools like my speed, my closing speed, my shift of the hip," Smith began. "Hitting. Right now I need to improve more in jam. I really don't jam receivers that much but I do a lot of man-to-man though.

"My speed, my route running on offense."

Smith's speed is very apparent. He qualified for next week's Georgia State Track and Field Championships in the 100 meter dash. He has run a 10.5 second electronic time. Football recruiting is on the back burner until the following week.

"Right now I'm just focusing on winning a state championship," Smith stated.

Smith did say he would like to do both football and track on the next level, if the opportunity was there.

Last week, Notre Dame defensive coordinator Corwin Brown stopped by Smith's school.

"It caught me off guard," Smith said. "I was very surprised. I guess when they saw the highlight tape they were very impressed. My coach has been talking to them. I haven't really heard much.

"I don't know that much about them. I know they recruit some of the best recruits, and some of the best athletes in the NFL are from Notre Dame."

Smith has taken visits to Georgia, Georgia Tech, Auburn and Clemson. He has a 3.0 GPA, and already scored a 920 on his first try on the SAT. Smith hasn't set a timetable for when he'd like to make a verbal commitment, and added that distance won't be an issue.

"I'm looking for a good coaching staff," Smith said. "Just getting along with the coaching staff and getting along with the players, and a good graduation rate." Top Stories