Smith compared to Tide great

Roquan Smith learned of his Alabama offer well before taking in Tuscaloosa for the second time on Saturday, but he did learn about what the coaching staff really thought about him after a sit-down with Nick Saban and Kirby Smart while in town.

Several prospects attending Alabama's second big junior day of the class of 2015 cycle on Saturday were looking to learn of a verbal scholarship offer, and several did.

Four-star linebacker Roquan Smith, however, did not. That's because he's had the Crimson Tide on his offer list for some time, and he wanted to simply spend more time on campus and with Nick Saban's staff while in Tuscaloosa for just the second time.

"I mainly just was chilling, laid back," he said. "I basically already know what I want to know about 'Bama.

"The coaches were just saying thanks for coming and they really appreciate it."

That was before Smith, the four-star linebacker from Montezuma (Ga.) Macon County High, got the chance to sit down with who he thought was just going to be area-recruiter and Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart before heading back to the Peach State.

"It went well, and I spoke with Saban before he left on his flight," he said. "They said that they want me bad at 'Bama, and they can develop me. Smart said they rated me as a 2.1 overall football player and that's the same rating they gave Julio (Jones) coming out of high school as a football player, not position or anything.

"It was a tremendous honor to be put in that same sentence."

The comparison is one Smith wasn't expecting, though Alabama is expected to remain on his recruiting list for some time.

"I'm really considering them," he said. "Yeah, I won't release a list yet, but I'm looking into a lot of schools now."

Knowing plenty about Tuscaloosa and the Crimson Tide football program, the interest of one of Georgia's best reverts back to the coaching staff.

"It's the coaches, and they develop their players," he said. "And nice campus life, too."

Smith is considered the No. 2 middle linebacker prospect in the class of 2015 on Scout.com.


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