Smith On Auburn "It's A Great Place"

Four-star linebacker Roquan Smith talks about his visit to Auburn, what he likes about the Tigers, playing for Ellis Johnson, and more.

Montezuma, Ga.--One of the top linebacker prospects in the nation for the 2015 class, Roquan Smith was already very familiar with the Auburn Tigers before taking another trip to the Plains on Saturday. Getting the chance to watch practice, sit down with the coaches, and also spend time with the players, Smith said everything about his trip went well.

"It was a great visit like always," Smith said. "I really enjoyed it. It's a great place. I love going over there. It was pretty good to see things and I actually went through a few meetings and watching practice. All of it was a good feel."

With offers from all over the country, including Auburn, Alabama, Florida State, Georgia and Ohio State, Smith said at the moment the Tigers are a school he's sure he'll visit when the time comes next fall with UCLA the only other destination he's sure of at the moment.

"I wouldn't name any leaders, but Auburn is definitely one of the places I will be taking one of my officials to," Smith said. "It's a great place and a great town. I know the town really runs off football. They have a great coaching staff. It's just a great place overall."

One of the biggest parts about Smith's visit was seeing the Tigers practice. Coming off a 12-win season that finished with the SEC Championship and nearly a national championship, Auburn's program is red-hot at the moment. Being able to see how the team works in practice and getting a feel for the tempo at which they work was an important part of the day said Smith.

"It's pretty big for me in my process because it's about relationships," Smith said. "I'm looking for that in a lot of schools. I want to get the right fit."

Spending much of the day with Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson in both a one-on-one setting in then in position meetings, Smith said he really enjoys the opportunity to pick the brain of such a veteran and experienced coach.

"He told me I'm a ball player," Smith said of what he heard from Johnson. "He said I fit perfectly in their type of game, my speed fits perfectly in their 4-2-5 defense.

"He's got a lot of years behind him so that helps out a lot," he added. "I know that he knows the game. It would be great playing for a legend of the game."


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