Smith "Amazed" at Clemson

The final score was not what Clemson wanted it to be Saturday night, but that didn't matter to one of the top juniors in Georgia. Roquan Smith traveled to Clemson, got an offer, and loved his visit...

Roquan Smith new about the scholarship offer he was going to receive Saturday night at Clemson, but that didn't take anything away from the moment it happened.

"My coach sent my film out to Clemson and I ended up talking to Coach [Brent] Venables on the phone Monday," said Smith.

"I had been hearing from Clemson for a little while, but after seeing my film, Coach Venables told me I was going to have an offer when I got there Saturday. He just wanted to offer me in person instead of over the phone."

Like Venables stated earlier in the week, the Tigers offered the 6-foot-1, 200 pound junior a scholarship before kick-off Saturday night.

"I met with Coach Venables for a little bit and he offered me, then told me how he loves my speed and how I hit someone in the mouth. He said he could use me at the WILL or SAM linebacker position in his defense."

The offer came before the game most college football fans were waiting on Saturday night. Clemson did not play as well as they would have liked against Florida State, but the loss didn't damper Smith's time at CU.

"I was loving it up there," Smith said. "The fans are pretty cool, the coaches are great too, and I really liked how the fans stayed in the game even when Clemson was down. I really enjoyed myself. It was amazing."

Most would expect the two-way star out of Montezuma (Ga.) Macon County to be most impressed with the atmosphere Saturday night, but it was something else that stuck out most.

"The coaches really made an impression on me. I love how the coaches treated me. They treated me with respect, they are honest people, and they just tell it like it is. I really like the coaching staff at Clemson."

The Tigers are the ninth school to offer the four-star linebacker and all schools are still "equal" to Smith, but he "really likes" Clemson.

His next trip will be to Alabama Saturday when the No. 1 team in the country hosts Tennessee. The Crimson Tide have yet to offer Smith.

Through seven games, Smith has 76 tackles, 24.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, four forced fumbles, three fumbles recovered, and two interceptions. He has also scored 10 touchdowns on offense.

Smith is the No. 7 ranked inside linebacker on Scout and the No. 18 junior in Georgia.

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