Big Ten or SEC?

One of the best kept secrets of the recruiting year will be released on Saturday afternoon when New Brunswick (NJ) 4-star safety Brandon Smith announces his college choice at the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio, TX. Read inside as GamecockAnthem.com previews Smith's announcement and shares the latest scoop regarding his decision.


The 6'3", 210 pound Smith, who is rated by Scout.com as the no. 5 safety prospect in America this recruiting year, has narrowed his choices down to two schools - South Carolina and Michigan - and he will announce his decision on Saturday at the U.S. Army All-American game, which is scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m. EST and will be nationally televised by NBC.

"It's Michigan and South Carolina. I've made up my mind, but I'll wait and announce it Saturday," Smith said in an interview with Scout.com earlier this week. "I'm announcing during the game."

According to Smith, he likes several aspects of the South Carolina program, especially the opportunity to play for a head coach like Steve Spurrier.

"South Carolina, since they offered me they've been with me real strong. They've asked me to play a little bit of both (offense and defense) for them. They've just asked me to get on the field as soon as possible, whether it's offense or defense. I talked to Coach Spurrier (on Wednesday night), and he's a heck of a coach. He's a heck of a guy just to know period."

Despite the recent coaching changes at Michigan, the Wolverines still rank highly with Smith as he grew up following the maize and blue.

"I've spoken to a lot of the new guys up at Michigan, the new coaching staff and things like that. I still like Michigan. Michigan's always going to be Michigan. I've had a love for Michigan since before I was even getting recruited. That's always been my favorite team. I just love Michigan."

Smith has remained very secretive about his upcoming announcement, reportedly not even telling family members and close friends of his decision.

So the stage is set. Smith, one of top remaining uncommitted prospects in America, will announce his decision between the Gamecocks and Wolverines on Saturday in front of a national television audience.

Read more information about Smith's upcoming decision on GamecockAnthem.com's premium message board: Friday night Brandon Smith update.


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