Virginia The First To Offer Louisa County Sophomore Linebacker Brandon Smith

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“What I’m learning and I am still learning,” Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall said on National Signing Day 2017, “is this footprint, meaning close by UVA, there are lots and lots and lots of players.”

Coach Mendenhall certainly didn’t have to go far to discover 6’5”, 200-pound linebacker/tight end prospect Brandon Smith. Smith is a sophomore at Louisa County High School in Mineral (VA), which is roughly 40 minutes away from Charlottesville.

Smith has visited Virginia three times, attending two games last fall and returning this past Monday for an unofficial visit. Monday’s experience was certainly a special one, as the talented sophomore received some good news from UVA’s rising second year coach.

“I found out [UVA offered] when I was in the head coach’s office,” recalled Smith, who was accompanied by his parents. “I was actually reading the offer letter out to Coach Mendenhall and Coach Poppinga and Coach Hunter. I was excited to read my first full scholarship offer.”

“I’m just thankful [Mendenhall] saw something in me,” Smith added. “He made the first decision to offer me.”

Smith’s achievement stirred some excitement at Louisa County High.

“I’m the first football player in school history to get a scholarship of that magnitude,” Smith said. “A lot of people have told me congratulations. Teachers and staff members have come up and congratulated me.”

The Virginia offer likely won’t be Smith’s last. His blend of size, versatility