UA Game: Roquan Smith Interview

Dec. 29 -- Four-star linebacker Roquan Smith will officially visit UCLA the weekend before Signing Day...

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Living out a dream.

”I dreamed about this as a kid,” said Roquan Smith said when discussing his participation in the Under Armour All-America game. “Thousands of kids wish they could be where I am right now, so I look at being an Under Amour All-American as a tremendous honor.”

Smith is a Scout 100 linebacker from Macon County High School in the small, rural town of Montezuma, Ga. He led his team to their first region championship in over 30 years this season and there is no better way to cap off his senior football campaign than playing with the best in Florida.

”It is going to be a mix of so many things for me this week practicing and playing with and against so many top players. It will be fun, but I will also being competing looking to stand out among the best all week.

”I want to see other guys play, I want to meet other players, and I just want to experience all that I can with this opportunity.”

Before the UA All-America game, the four-star prospect took official visits to Georgia and USC. He called the trips “very different” and he explains.

”Georgia is in a college town and USC is in L.A. That is a big difference.

”Also, the coaching staffs are very different – each goes about their business and how they recruit differently. It is nothing bad against either school, but they are very different staffs.

”The schools are very different too and the only thing really alike is that both have great history, and both are still high on my list.”

Smith spoke highly of each visit once he returned home and he now is set to take three more official visits in January. LSU will host Smith on January 16, then Ole Miss on the 23rd, and UCLA will see him the weekend before national signing day on January 30.

Florida was a school very high on his list before the firing of Will Muschamp, but the Gator may be back in the race. New defensive coordinator Geoff Collins has had conversations with Smith and a visit to Gainesville, Fla. could be happening too.

The No. 2 inside linebacker in the country according to Scout has a big decision to make. He is currently keeping an open mind.

”The only thing I know right now is that my school will be one of those six (Florida, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, UCLA, or USC) on signing day,” said Smith. “Things go through my head when I am on visits, but I really do not have a leader right now.

”I will continue to take my official visits, then come back home, talk things out, and figure out the school that is right for me. I just have to finish going through the recruiting process and see how it plays out.”

February 4 is the day Smith will announce his decision. He has not wavered on that at all.

That day is just over a month away, and although he has still has a lot to do, Smith knows he will be ready.

”The official visits will be over and I will have plenty of time to think about my decision between now and then. I will have seen all the different places, built strong relationships with coaches, and I will know what is right for me on signing day.

”It will come down to my relationships with the different staffs, how the people treat me, how I feel I will be taken care of at the school, and the opportunity I have to play there.”


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