What I Learned Watching: Roquan Smith

Perry, Ga. - Ethan Burch reviews Macon County MLB Roquan Smith's performance against Perry.

Well, for starters, Roquan Smith picked a pass off in the end zone, and then took it 100 yards for a touchdown.

That’s about all I needed to see. The four-star middle linebacker didn’t fall short in any areas as Macon County routed Perry on the road, 35-6. It may not have been a strong start for the Bulldogs’ defense, but its finish showed no signs of weakness.

“I felt I played pretty good. I started off kind of slow, though,” Smith said. “But I stepped it up.”

At 6-foot-1, 203 pounds, the Montezuma, Ga. native ‘plays big,’ according to National Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons. He showed that on Thursday night. There isn’t much he couldn’t, or didn’t do.

He finds his way to the ball constantly, and when he gets there he makes the hit count. Smith has great lateral speed, and his pick six on what could have easily been a Perry touchdown showed what kind speed he can add, north to south.

The 2015 prospect is listed as Scout’s No. 2 middle linebacker in the country, but his coach, Larry Harold, decided to line him up at receiver, and even the deep man on punt returns in a few situations.

His return skills were quite impressive. Smith gave himself some room to work, but didn’t break any off for too much yardage.

When Smith wasn’t intercepting a ball in the end zone, he got his hands on one late in the game to give one of his defensive backs a chance to pick it off. That was just the last nail. Macon County had no problems with Perry.

It was clear why Georgia, and maybe a few other schools, want Smith so badly.

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