Brandon Smith, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound four-star athlete from New Brunswick, N.J., is looking forward to his official visit with Michigan on Sept. 22 for the Penn State game.
"I grew up watching Michigan," Smith said. "They've been my favorite for a long time. I really like their tradition and the coaches are real good.
"I caught some of the Appalachian State game and it just seemed like they took them too lightly," he said. "Appalachian State played really well, but I'm not gonna judge Michigan on just the first game or even their record overall. That's not what I'm looking at."
He says that the Wolverines are the only school recruiting him for safety. "Everyone else wants me as an athlete," Smith said.
Smith, ranked as the No. 6 safety in the country by Scout.com, said he favors Michigan slightly over Wisconsin, Rutgers, South Carolina, Iowa and North Carolina State. All of his favorites have offered and he says he has 32 total offers. "I used to have a strong top five, but then I started to get more offers and opened things up again."
New to Smith's top five is South Carolina. "They seem like a good program and they have one of the all-time great coaches in college football (Steve Spurrier)."
Smith says he's also close to setting up an official visit to Wisconsin. "I like the coaches there a lot and I'm really good friends with (Badgers linebacker) Jonathan Casillas," he said. "He says they are a great program, but he doesn't try to recruit me. We're old friends so he knows he doesn't have to sell them. He's just real honest with me and says he loves it there and thinks that I'd like it too.
"I plan to wait until the very end," Smith said. "I won't announce my decision until Signing Day."
Another school that Smith is likely to visit is Iowa. "I really like the coaches there," he said. "They are recruiting me as an athlete and they said they think I'd be able to play early and help them out right away."
The first day that coaches could call recruits again was Sept. 1 and Smith says he schools are showing interest. "I had a couple schools call me and they just said they wanted to check in and say how much they'd like me to play for them. I had calls from Ohio State, South Carolina, Rutgers, Michigan and a few others."
New Brunswick opens their season on Sept. 15 against Teaneck, N.J.
He reports a 3.0 core GPA, but won't disclose his SAT. "My score is okay, but I feel like I can do better. I'm retaking it in October."