No Chance Smith Commits Before Signing Day

SEP. 24 -- You hear prospects all the time talking about committing on one day, then changes it to another. Roquan Smith is adamant that he will commit on February 4, not one day sooner...

Roquan Smith has not wavered.

For months, the Scout 100 linebacker out of Montezuma (Ga.) Macon County has proclaimed that he would announce his decision on signing day 2015 -- that is not going to change.

"There is no chance I commit before signing day," said Smith. "I have had that decision made for a long time now and that is the day for me."

Who will the school be for Smith? That is the biggest question.

There has been chatter that it will be Florida or Georgia, or at least it is a Gator-Bulldog battle now. Any truth to that?

"Georgia and Florida are up there, for sure, but there are others too. UCLA is definitely one school and I know I will take official visits to all three of those."

"Miami, South Carolina, LSU, Ole Miss, and USC are some of the others in there. I haven't figured out the last two [official] visits yet."

Smith, the No. 2 inside linebacker and No. 67 overall prospect on Scout has yet to schedule any official visits. He still has plenty of time to take those, but he has been on the road a few times over the past month.

Florida State had him on campus for the Clemson game and it was a good visit, but the visit to Athens, Ga. and Columbia, S.C. stood out to him a little more.

"At South Carolina, it was pretty cool there (the Georgia game). I have been there four or five times now and I enjoyed this visit. I got to speak with Coach [Lorenzo] Ward (Defensive coordinator) and he is a good guy.

"Georgia just makes me feel like a priority. It was great at the Clemson game with the fans knowing me, the coaches make me feel wanted, and the defensive staff is great."

Florida had the 6-foot-1, 210 pound playmaker down at The Swamp late in July and each time he is there, he feels comfortable.

"Florida is a great place and I really like it down in Gainesville," said Smith. "I like Coach [Will] Muschamp (Head coach) being a defensive guy and I like they could use me. I just enjoy it each time I am down there."

Gainesville, Fla. is 220 miles from Smith's home, Athens, Ga. is 150 miles -- both are close to home, both play in the SEC, and it is easy to see why one of the best in the country has them high on his list.

What about UCLA? It is 2,250 miles from Montezuma, Ga.

"UCLA is different -- you are right there at Hollywood. How many people wouldn't want to live in a place like that for free?

"It is also a great school, I like the coaches there, and everyone made me feel at home there. They have recruited me well and I had a great time when I visited there."

For now, Smith stays strong in his commitment to announce his decision on the first Wednesday in February. He had made Scout a believer in that.

The No. 7 prospect in Georgia admits a school has moved to the front in his mind, but is it the same one each time he thinks he has a leader?

Stay tuned to signing day to find out.

"In my mind, I do have a top school at times," said Smith. "I may have a leader in my head, but it could change when I visit other schools.

"I will definitely wait all the way to the end to say who my leader is. It will be a signing day announcement."

Smith Clips at The Opening:

Bruin Report Online Top Stories