Upset Venues
Brandon Smith
National Recruiting Editor
Posted Oct 7, 2007


After seeing Michigan, Bandon Smith, Scout.com's No. 6 safety, was treated to back-to-back upset games as he visited Colorado when they defeated Oklahoma. "It's gorgeous in Colorado," Smith said. "I loved how beautiful the campus is and how nice all the surroundings are. It's not really a college town quite like Michigan, but it's still a great place and the fans are great too.

Brandon Smith, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound four-star athlete from New Brunswick, N.J., has taken official visits to Michigan (Sept. 21) and Colorado (Sept. 29), but says he's still wide open and doesn't have any other visits scheduled.

"I'm still pretty open and just want to take some more visits," Smith said. "I'm gonna sit down with my mom and see which visits I'm going to take. Right now I'm really trying to find a place where I can develop more as a player and get on the field early. She doesn't have a favorite, she's just helping me."

Growing up, Smith says he followed Michigan. "My visit was great," he said. "I really liked the atmosphere there. The stadium is huge and I think it's the biggest in college football. It gets really loud and the fans get really into it. It's a college town so it's all about Michigan football there."

The Wolverines upset Penn State when Smith visited. "Michigan is bouncing back well since their early loss," he said. "They have a great coach in Lloyd Carr and great players and I knew they'd do it."

The Wolverines are the lone team that is recruiting Smith for safety. Everyone else is recruiting him as an athlete.

Smith, ranked as the No. 6 safety in the country by Scout.com, was treated to back-to-back upset games as he next visited Colorado when they defeated Oklahoma. "It's gorgeous in Colorado," he said. "I loved how beautiful the campus is and how nice all the surroundings are. It's not really a college town quite like Michigan, but it's still a great place and the fans are great too.

"Nobody really thought that they could beat Oklahoma," Smith said. "They didn't have the most talent on the field, but they worked together and got the job done."

Although Smith says he doesn't have any real favorites beyond Michigan and Colorado, he admits that South Carolina has impressed him the most so far this season. "They are in one of the toughest conferences in college football and I just love how they compete," he said. "They never give up and always give it 100 percent."

The Gamecocks have offered and Smith has over 30 total scholarships. Some of the other schools that have offered Smith are Rutgers, Iowa, Louisville, North Carolina State, Wisconsin, Syracuse, Boston College, Maryland and Connecticut among others.

Smith says he plans to make his announcement at the Army All-America game in San Antonio. "They asked me if I wanted to do it and I think it's an honor to be asked to make your commitment during the game," he said. "I thought it was a great opportunity that I didn't want to pass up."

New Brunswick is 3-1, with Smith scoring three touchdowns receiving. Defensively, he already has six picks.

He reports a 3.0 core GPA, but won't disclose his SAT. He retakes the SAT on Nov. 3 and is taking the ACT on Oct. 27.



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