recruit804 Fab 30 athlete #1: Brandon Smith of Louisa (Photo: Joe Nelson/recruit804)
recruit804 Fab 30: Brandon Smith – Louisa County HS #1
by Andy Hilton, recruit804
For the #1 prospect in the 804 region, we go a little west of Richmond to Louisa County.
Heading into the regular season, we recognize the top 30 senior prospects in and around the city of Richmond. Continuing our countdown as the top senior prospect region-wide is Louisa County linebacker Brandon Smith.
#1 Brandon Smith (2019 OLB 6-5 215) – Louisa County High School
Brandon Smith rises to the top because of his camp performances, his MVP performances for his team in his junior season, and for his sheer physical stature.
At 6-5 and 215 pounds, Smith is a physical specimen with size and athletic ability that’s hard to match.
As a high-profile recruit, Smith was wooed by many of the top programs in the country. The Louisa County standout had offers from more than 30 schools, including top tier programs like Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Southern California and Michigan State, among others.
Ohio State and Texas A&M were among the other schools on his final list, but truly fell in love with Penn State.
New Lions head football coach Will Patrick had nothing but praise for his all-state linebacker.
“As quiet and as humble as he is off the field, between the lines, he plays with immense passion and enthusiasm that I wish every kid in football had,” Patrick said. “He’s pretty reserved off the field, but when he’s on that battlefield on Friday night’s at Louisa, he’s on a whole other level and it’s fun to watch and fun to coach.”
– Andy Hilton
Here’s the full rundown of our top 30 athletes in the 804, the 757 and in Northern Virginia. Click HERE for a full list of our Fab 30 for each region.