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2017 Western Michigan Football Recruiting: ATH Brayden Smith commits to Broncos

WMU picked up their fifth 2017 commitment over the weekend.

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After signing a top tier 2016 recruiting class nearly a month ago, the Western Michigan coaching staff have taken no time off tracking down elite junior prospects to bring into the fold. Picking up verbal commitments from Chris BellDylan DeatherageReyondous Estes, and Marcus Hayes over the last few weeks, the Broncos added another early piece to the 2017 puzzle when Byron Center, Michigan athlete Brayden Smith announced his pledge to suit up for WMU.

Like many of the athletes recruited by P.J. Fleck, and the Western Michigan coaching staff, Smith rarely leaves the field on the high school level. Playing offense, defense, and special teams, the 6'4, 180-pound standout accounted for 626 yards, and 10 touchdowns as a wide out, 53 tackles in the defensive secondary, and averaged over 42 yards a punt for the 8-3 Byron Center Bulldogs as a junior last season.

While he definitely displays the skill set to compete on either side of the ball once he arrives on the Western Michigan campus, Smith, who was selected First Team All-State, will reportedly start his Bronco career as a safety.

Want to see what the under-the-radar prospect will add to the Western Michigan roster? Take a few moments to check out some of Brayden Smith's high school highlights, courtesy of the crew at Hudl: