Smith strongly considering Vols

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Scout four-star linebacker Roquan Smith plans to release a top five soon, and when he does there's a good chance Tennessee makes the cut after a "great" visit to the Vols' junior day Saturday.

"It was just a great day," Smith told InsideTennessee. "…I'm real strong on Tennessee right now. Yeah, I'm really considering them."

While Smith said his recruitment is still "wide open" and claims that no schools have definitely made his list of leaders just yet, he plans to head back to Knoxville over the summer and possibly for the Orange & White game on April 12.

When Smith does sit down to trim his list of 28 offers to five, he says he's looking for a program where he feels at home and comfortable with the coaches.

Tennessee gets checkmarks both places.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder said his favorite part of his visit to Rocky Top was talking to Tennessee head coach Butch Jones, adding that he "loves" Jones' energy and intensity.

"(Jones) was just telling me how much he'd love to have me and my family up here on Rocky Top," Smith told IT. "… He bringing in great players and they developing them and stuff, man."

The Macon County (Ga.) High School standout was on hand to watch the Vols take on Auburn last fall and said he enjoyed seeing campus not in the craze of football season.

Other than sitting down with Jones, Smith said watching the Vols' second spring practice was a close second favorite part of the trip.

"I liked how everyone be competing. And, man, they sprinted on and off the field and to drills," Smith said. "They competed and they got a good attitude. I like that."

Smith also said he enjoyed the chance to meet in person with Tennessee defensive coordinator John Jancek, calling their relationship "real strong."

"We talk just about every day," Smith said. "He's a great guy man. He's got a great sense of humor. He's real funny. Just love talking football with him."

Jancek told Smith he'd likely play "Will" – or weak-side – linebacker should he play his college football at Tennessee.

As far as a timetable for a decision goes, that depends on whether or not Smith will be able to graduate early.

If he can't, Smith said he'll wait to make his college declaration on National Signing Day.

Along with Tennessee, the nation's No. 3 middle linebacker visited Florida State, Alabama, Georgia and Florida this spring.


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