Florida State recruiting: Top-100 2019 DE Brandon Smith planning Tallahassee return

Florida State has had success recruiting the state of Virginia under coach Jimbo Fisher.

Dating back to quarterback EJ Manuel and and moving ahead to current Seminoles — they include defensive end Josh Sweat, defensive tackles Derrick Nnadi and Darvin Taylor. and cornerback Levonta Taylor — the Seminoles have established a pipeline of talent from Virginia to Tallahassee.

Fisher and his staff hope that trend continues in the 2019 cycle with 4-star Louisa County (Mineral, Va.) pass rusher Brandon Smith.

The 6-foot-5, 218-pound standout rates as the nation’s No. 6 weakside defensive end and the No. 79 player overall in the 2019 cycle, according to the 247Sports composite.

While Smith has racked up more than 20 offers, Florida State is among a small group of schools he’s already gained a level of comfort and familiarity with in the early stages of his recruitment.

Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Penn State are a few of the other schools also involved with Smith.

Defensive line coach Odell Haggins and offensive quality control coach Tino Sunseri are leading the charge in his recruitment for the Seminoles.

“I like the campus and the academic structure for the players,” Smith told Florida State DieHards. “I like the defense style of play. I have been in contact with Coach Fisher, Coach Haggins and Coach Tino. [He has a] very good relationship with them. We speak on a regular basis.”

Smith visited Tallahassee in June, and he shared part of what stood out to him about his time on campus.

“The facilities are great. The staff treated me and my family like family,” Smith said. “Coach Fisher said I can be a four-down player that can play multiple positions.”

It’s likely that Smith could play either defensive end or outside linebacker in the Seminoles defensive scheme. He said he and his family want to travel to Tallahassee for a game this fall, but they are still working on the details of when that visit will come.

As for Florida State’s recruiting success in his home state, it’s something that he said has his attention and something that the staff has made sure to get across in their pitch to him.

“Coach Fisher said they recruit only the best [in Virginia] and they play when they get here,” Smith said. “That was a nice compliment.”

The No. 2 overall prospect in Virginia for the 2019 cycle said he has a 3.2 GPA with plans to major in forensic sciences or architecture and design when he gets to college.

Smith shared what he will be looking for when it comes time for him to make a commitment.

“Academics, football environment and life after football.”

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