Things change quickly in the world of recruiting especially when you are among the northeast best prospects. Two weeks ago, Brandon Smith had a top 5 list and started to schedule visits. However, more schools began to recruit and offer him. One of these schools was South Carolina who offered him the chance to play both offense and defense. The offer might have changed his decision making process.
In early July, Brandon Smith had his favorites listed as Rutgers, Michigan, Wisconsin, Louisville, and North Carolina State. However, South Carolina has offered him the chance to play defense and offense. The opportunity has definitely intrigued Smith enough to re-open his recruitment to ensure that he explores all of his options before making a decision.
Although he has re-opened his recruitment, there are two schools where he will take a visit - Michigan and Wisconsin. A visit has already been scheduled to Michigan for the weekend of September 21st. It will be his first visit to the Big 10 school. He has built a great relationship with the Wisconsin's coaching staff and his former teammate and friend Jonathan Casillas has done a good job of selling the program to him.
One of the schools that currently does not appear on the list of schools where Smith will definitely visit is Rutgers. Smith states that "I'm always at Rutgers so I might not take an official visit because the school is so close to home. I am normally at the games and practices". However, this does not mean that he is not high on the Scarlet Knights. As he states, ""I am highly interested in Rutgers, it is just the fact that they are so close. If Michigan or Ohio State were also in my backyard, I would not take an official there either". But this does not mean that he will definitely not visit the school.
Like many top prospects, Smith stays in touch with some of the top players in the area. When Art Forst committed to Rutgers, he called Smith to say that he is now waiting for him to commit to Rutgers. Although he has a good relationship with many of the top players who have pledged to attend Rutgers it might not effect Smith's decision. As he stated, "if I have a better feel for another school, I would need to go to that school."
Smith's suitors will need to wait a while for a decision. Like many of the top prospects, he hopes to have an opportunity to play in an all-american game and make his college destination known to the public. If not, he will announce on national signing day.