Smith honored by UGA offer

Roquan Smith saw UGA at his school Tuesday morning, but no offer was extended. After a couple of phone calls and some film being reviewed, the four-star had a UGA offer...

Roquan Smith knew Georgia was interested in him, but he wasn't sure if it was enough to offer him right now.

He has been in regular contact with UGA, he has visited Athens multiple times, and he was wondering when the offer would come.

That offer came Tuesday afternoon.

"It's a great honor to be offered by Georgia," said Smith. "I knew it was coming, but I thought it would be a little later. They told me an offer was coming after the season, but I did not think it would be today."

After John Lilly spent time at Macon County High School Tuesday morning, the UGA defensive staff reviewed Smith's film. After that, the offer was extended.

"They saw my new highlight film and they loved me. Coach [Todd] Grantham, Coach [Kirk] Olivadotti, and all the defensive guys watched my tape and then Coach Lilly called my coach about the offer.

"They said I was the first inside linebacker to get offered in the 2015 class and that feels pretty good. There are plenty of other top guys out there, so I feel blessed to be first. I am excited that UGA liked my tape."

The 6-foot-1, 202 pound junior was in Athens for the LSU and South Carolina games this fall. He liked what he saw then and he likes the guys leading the team.

"The fans at Georgia are great. It is always loud there, the atmosphere is great, and it is fun being in their stadium.

"Georgia is also a well-coached by Mark Richt and they were hurt by a lot of injuries this season. I know Georgia is a team always looking to do big things and they are a winning program."

There has been some chatter that Smith, an in-state prospect was a little disappointed that Georgia did not offer a little earlier, so does that effect his interest in the Dawgs?

"I wondered a while back why UGA hasn't offered when others were, but I wouldn't say it hurt them," said Smith. "I will probably be at one of their basketball games soon and I am interested in them.

"Georgia is one of the schools I will take a good look at. I am still open, so they are in the mix like everyone else."

Smith is the No. 7-ranked inside linebacker on Scout.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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