NJ athlete talks Cuse

His position on the college football field might not yet be defined, but that hasn't stopped New Brunswick (N.J.) athlete Brandon Smith from garnering a lot of interest from major college football programs – including Syracuse.

Smith, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound junior who quarterbacked his team to a Group Two state championship this season, is giving the Orange a long look, in addition to Michigan, Rutgers, Colorado and Maryland.

"I like Syracuse. It's a good situation and it's good academically. I wouldn't mind going to Syracuse," said Smith, who passed for more than 1,000 yards in leading his team to the championship, but who projects most likely as a safety or wide receiver in college.

"I could have done better if my mechanics were better, so I want to work on my mechanics" this off-season, he said.

He also ran for more than 500 yards and intercepted nine passes.

"On defense, I can come up and hit like Brian Dawkins but I'm also versatile like Tory Polamalu," he said. "I can also catch pretty good … Honestly, I couldn't say [what position I'll play]. It's wherever I can get on the field the quickest, that's where I'll play."

"Everybody is recruiting me as an athlete, so they can put me at any position."

Smith, who's been on Syracuse's radar since his sophomore year declined to list which schools have offered him, at the request of his high school coach. He seems impressed with the marquee status of Michigan, and hopes to visit Ann Arbor soon, but also will be checking out several of his other suitors soon. So far, he's been to Rutgers and Maryland.

With such limited experience, he doesn't have a leader.

"Nah, I like all the schools, it's just a matter of if I can get on the field first," he said. "And it's also a matter of how good the school is academically and how good their criminal justice program is."

Smith will likely check out Syracuse this spring or summer, in addition to Michigan and a few other schools. It appears that the Woverines will be tough to beat if they put on the full-court press, but then again it's still early and the Orange staff has been in on him for a long time.

He's certainly the type of ‘jumbo' athlete the program could use as a nice compliment to some of the smaller playmaker types who are already in tow.

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