He didn't come in with the reputation of several other SoCal wide outs but West Bakersfield's (Calif.) Brandon Smith was just as impressive as anyone at the Nike Camp at Stanford May 22. Smith has already picked up two new offers as a result with a few more looming.
At 6-2, 170 pounds, Smith is a long, lanky receiver with very nice athleticism. He clocked a 4.56 in the 40, 4.09 in the shuttle, did 15 reps on the bench and had a camp best 36.3 inch vertical jump. Smith was silky smooth in the position and one on one drills and every one of the Nike receiver coaches had him in their top five list for the day. He runs very well, is more physical than he looks and made several acrobatic catches during the camp.
As a junior, Smith had 715 yards receiving with nine touchdowns. He also excels in track and has personal best of 10.6 in the 100m, 21.9 in the 200 and 51.3 in the 400.
"He's a great all around athlete," West Bakersfield head coach Rich Cornford said. "He did well at the Nike Camp and his recruitment has really picked up since. Arizona had already offered him and since the camp, Arizona State and Washington have as well. Nebraska, USC, Oregon State and Fresno State are also showing heavy interest right now."
At the Nike Camp, Smith said his top three schools were Fresno State, USC and UCLA. Academically, he's carrying a 2.8 GPA and scored a 750 on the SAT which he'll retake later in the year.