2019 Linebacker Brandon Smith Focusing on Football as Recruitment Heats Up

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Brandon Smith is one of the best players in Virginia for the Class of 2019. (Photo via @brand0n_smith12 on Twitter)

He’s already been invited to the Under Armour Future 50 at the end of the year. In May, he was one of 70 linebackers and running backs invited to the first Ray Lewis Academy.

 It’s clear that Louisa County (Va.) 2019 linebacker Brandon Smith is among the top recruits in the country in his class. As a result, he’s garnered 20 offers, including Clemson earlier this week and Alabama last week.

But Smith is staying grounded. He’s taken in a number of visits with his father but at this point, Smith is still open in his recruitment.

“I look for the academics first,” Smith said. “Then I go to football, then the atmosphere of the school. With academics, I look at what I want to major in and how good the program is. From football, just about the coaches, the environment and if I’m going to be in a place that’s not terrible.”

Virginia was first to offer Smith in February, and he visited the Hoos early this spring for a practice.

“The academics, that really jumps out and that they’re one of the best in the country,” Smith said. “Definitely being the first to offer, and close to home, that was a special moment. That was a great time for our family.”