Smith likes direction Vols are headed

InsideTennessee keeps you on top of Tennessee recruiting. Scroll down to read about a 4-star linebacker who is high on the Vols.

Roquan Smith has some thinking to do.

The Class of 2015 four-star linebacker says it's finally time to start sorting through his dozens of scholarship offers.

And the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder is hoping several spring visits will ease the process and allow him to come out with an early top five.

"I've just been enjoying the process and everything," Smith told InsideTennessee. "But it's time to get serious and sort things out. I want to take my time with my recruitment, but I hope to have a top five out real soon."

After spending last weekend at Georgia, Smith plans to trek to Florida this weekend, stop by Auburn on Feb. 1 and hit Tennessee's junior day on March 1.

Smith praised all three programs, but admitted he can't help but look at Tennessee's highly-ranked 2014 recruiting class and be optimistic for the Vols' future.

"I like the way Tennessee is headed, man. I like that a lot. I just like Tennessee," Smith told IT. "Tennessee getting some new coaches up in there and you can tell they turning things around. Players were playing with a lot of heart. Also, they got that top recruiting class coming in and looking to do big things."

The Georgia native was on hand to watch the Vols fall to the Bulldogs in overtime last season, calling the game day atmosphere "crazy."

During his time on campus, Smith briefly toured Tennessee's newly renovated facilities and says he's anxious to take a closer look come junior day.

"Those facilities, I remember, are crazy nice," Smith said. "They pretty sweet. I want to see more of what all is in there, man."

Along with nice facilities and a good game day atmosphere, Smith said early playing time will be a factor in his recruitment.

Smith said Tennessee defensive coordinator John Jancek tells him his chances to see the field right away are promising on Rocky Top.

"I'd really like to play early, you know. And (Jancek) was telling me I could get on the field and help early," Smith said. "But I don't always just take people for their word. You know, they're trying to sell you. So, I do a lot of research on my own. I looked it up and they are losing a lot of linebackers. It does seem like a possibility."

Outside discussions of early playing time, Smith said he and Jancek spent their time talking about the future.

"He always be telling me that I can join something special if I decide to go to Tennessee. I believe him," Smith told IT. "I think they're going to have a pretty good season and just keep on getting better after that. (Jancek) just keeps telling me it's a special place and the place to be."

But Jancek isn't the only one selling the Vols to Smith.

Smith's coach at Macon County (Ga.) High School coached former Vols Herman Lathers and Dallas Thomas.

"Coach has told me that it's a really good place and they take care of you up there," Smith told IT. "He said that the campus is real nice and right on the river and stuff like that."

Last season, Smith complied 100 tackles, 27 tackles for loss, three interceptions and six sacks. He currently lists his bench press max at 305 pounds.

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