Big Cat Visit On Tap For Talented Linebacker

Four-star linebacker Roquan Smith talks about visiting for Big Cat Weekend and why he is going to wait until making his decision.

Montezuma, Ga.--Rated the number three linebacker in the country and a four-star prospect, talented Roquan Smith is headed back to the Plains this weekend to get another look at the Auburn Tigers on Big Cat Weekend.

One of the most important recruiting weekends of the year for Gus Malzahn's program, Big Cat Weekend is a time when prospects and their family spend time together on campus with the coaching staff in a relaxed atmosphere and getting to know one another. Without the pressure of a junior day or an official visit, it's something that has worked well in the past for the Tigers because of the laid back atmosphere and Smith said that is what he is looking forward to the most.

"I talked to Coach (Scott) Fountain and he told me it was about coming over and having a good time and bonding with some of the people," Smith said. "It's just about having a great time over there, relaxing and enjoying the day.

"I'm just going over with an open mind," he added. "It doesn't matter who I talk with. I look at everybody the same."

With offers from all over the country including Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Ohio State and others, Smith has plenty of options when the time comes to make his decision. At one time planning to be an early high school graduate, he said that i no longer on his mind and because of that it has changed his recruiting schedule. He noted that he will now wait until signing day or close to signing day, something that has allowed him to slow the recruiting process.

"I don't have a leader right now," Smith said. "I'm still taking it one day at a time. I'll probably come out with a list pretty soon."

When he does come out with a list there is a good chance the Auburn Tigers will make the cut. After taking several trips in the last year to get a feel for the campus, facilities, coaching staff and more, Smith said there is plenty to like on the Plains.

"It's a good place," Smith said. "It's a small community and a good coaching staff. I like it."

One of the top players in Georgia for the 2015 class, Smith had a monster junior season for Macon County High school last fall when he made 100 tackles with 27 for losses. He also added six sacks, three forced fumbles, three interceptions and two defensive touchdowns. On offense he hauled in 49 receptions for 702 yards and 11 touchdowns.


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