With his final season of Louisa County football behind him, linebacker Brandon Smith is getting ready for the next step of his journey – playing for the Penn State Nittany Lions beginning in the fall of 2019.
He just had one final piece of business to take care of first – signing his letter of intent to play for the school.
Nearly seven months to the day after verbally committing to play for Penn State coach James Franklin, Smith, surrounded by family, friends and coaches, made the decision official on Dec. 19, one of his final days as a Louisa Lion. He’ll be starting college at Penn State in January.
“I’m very excited to start the next chapter of the book in my life,” Smith said. “Spending these last few moments in the high school really means a lot.”
Smith has been a standout on the Lions’ defense for the last three years and accumulated more than 100 tackles in both his junior and senior seasons. He tallied 135 tackles this year, including 60 solo efforts, forced nine fumbles and was credited with five sacks. He was also named both the Jefferson District and Region 4B defensive player of the year.
“Words can’t express how much I’m going to miss this young man, but I know one thing, he’s going to make everyone in this community proud, his family proud and his teammates proud,” Louisa County football coach Will Patrick said.
Smith’s abilities on the field caught the eyes of several colleges beginning in his sophomore year. In total, Smith received offers from more than 25 schools, including Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State, University of Virginia and Virginia Tech.
This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s Dec. 27, 2018 issue.