When you are as good at your craft as Montezuma (Ga.) Macon County linebacker Roquan Smith is, it might be easy to take some time off or coast through some practices. But, that isn't in the books for Smith who wanted to spend this spring getting even better. The number three ranked middle linebacker in the country according to Scout spent this past spring perfecting his football skills and came closer to doing just that.
"It went well," he said of the recently finished spring practices. "I got better in each phase. I needed to work on staying lower and my technique."
Some things have always come natural to Smith, as a 6-foot-1, 207 pound middle linebacker he is able to change direction and move laterally on the field, which makes him one of the best at his position. He says "I excel sideline to sideline and in pass coverage".
Over 30 college coaches came to see him this spring, but he doesn't have a top group of programs yet. He says he "will have six (schools) soon".
The Florida Gators signed zero linebackers in the 2014 class and need quality and numbers at the position badly. Roquan Smith is at the top of the board for the Gators and understands what kind of priority he is. He has visited a couple of times and thinks highly of the program.
"It is a great school and one of the one's I am taking a strong look at.," he said.
D.J. Durkin coaches the linebackers and is the defensive coordinator and the guy that Smith talks to the most at Florida. He says he has frequent contact with the staff.
"I talk to Coach Durkin and a few others and we talk often," Smith said. "They want me to play WILL linebacker and they like my speed and explosiveness."
He visited twice in the spring and says he will be back in Gainesville soon.
"I will visit Florida again sometime during the summer," he said.
In the end, Smith believes he knows what he is looking for in a program.
"I want a great fit, somewhere I feel comfortable," he said. "I want a place I can develop and a place that I would go to even if football wasn't there."