Smith Still Wide Open Following AU Visit

Roquan Smith talks about his Big Cat experience and when he plans to make a decision.

Montezuma, Ga.--A talented defender capable of playing several different positions in Auburn's 4-2-5 scheme, four-star Roquan Smith had been a frequent visitor to the Plains before his trip over for Big Cat Weekend. Already very familiar with the campus and coaching staff, he said this time was about having fun and he accomplished that goal.

"I came for a relaxed day just to see how things went," Smith said. "I enjoyed it. I had a really good time with the pie-eating contest and things like that.

"It was just a great visit," he added. "I felt relaxed. It felt like a great place once again."

Currently still wide open in the recruiting process, Smith said he's looking at Florida, Georgia, LSU and UCLA in addition to Auburn. One of the reasons he remains high on the Tigers is because of his relationship with the coaches and players on the Plains. That was something he said stood out even more on his Big Cat visit.

"That was great," Smith said of the laid-back weekend. "They weren't talking about a commitment or anything like that. It was just about enjoying yourself, being yourself, and having a great time.

"Spending a lot of time talking with some of the players currently being committed, including Tyler Queen, Smith said he also spoke with incoming freshman Nick Ruffin. Also from Georgia and a player that considered the Bulldogs, Ruffin gave Smith a good idea about what to expect at Auburn.

"He was saying that the first week you do a lot of running and getting in shape" Smith said. "But he said it's a good place. He's enjoying it."

Planning to wait until signing day to make his decision, Smith said at the moment he knows of two official visits (Auburn, UCLA) as he prepares for a busy summer heading into his senior season.

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