Change of Plans for Elite Prospect

Jan. 7 -- Roquan Smith had his plan in place for the month of January, but that plan has been ripped up and a new one has been drawn up. Get the very latest on one of the top linebacker prospects in the nation...

He has already visited USC.

It was a very good visit, but I have confirmed the Trojans are out of the race.

Georgia was the other school Roquan Smith visited officially in 2014 -- the Dawgs are still very much in the race.

UGA, the in-state school is looked at by many as the frontrunner for the Scout 100 linebacker out of Montezuma Macon County. He has visited Athens more than any other college city, he has a very good relationship with multiple coaches there, and he is very close to a few Bulldog commitments too.

That is all nice for the Bulldog Nation, but Smith is not committed, so this race goes on.

Before the holiday break, Smith had official visits to LSU, Ole Miss, and UCLA scheduled for the final three weeks of January. That is no longer the case.

LSU and Ole Miss have been eliminated from Smith's list and those visits have been canceled.

Now on January 16, Smith will visit Michigan. The Wolverines are now a contender because of new defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin. Smith and Durkin have been close for over a year and while Durkin was at Florida, the Gators were viewed as the biggest threat to Georgia.

Michigan is now very much in this race.

Instead of Ole Miss on January 23, the 6-foot-1, 208 pound linebacker will head west to visit Arizona State. The Sun Devils are not considered a true contender for Smith's signature on signing day at this time, but we will see if this visit changes that.

On January 30, the final weekend before signing day, Smith will head back to L.A. to visit UCLA officially. He has been there for an unofficial visit and he liked it a lot. The Bruins are right in the thick of things. UCLA is all the way across the country, but Smith has a great connection with the staff there.

With LSU, Ole Miss, and USC out completely, Smith has confirmed that the schools still on his list are Arizona State, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, and UCLA.

Will he go to school in Tempe? Not likely.

The Swamp is not going to be where he plays home games either.

Ann Arbor is a place I could see Smith living the next four years and that January 16 weekend is huge for him and Jim Harbaugh and company.

How about the Bruins? Is L.A. right for a South Georgia young man that lives right in the middle of the country? Only time will tell, but that would be a big adjustment.

Georgia is the easy choice for so many reasons when you are looking from the outside in, but only Smith knows what is really going on. I feel good saying that Georgia is at the top of the list, but with the Dawgs, someone else is right there.

Smith confirmed he is favoring two schools at this time, but who are they? I am going with Georgia and UCLA with Michigan making a rapid move towards those two.

Do not worry about Smith publicly naming a leader or even a top two or three, he is not planning to do that. What he is planning to do is take his recruitment up until signing day and that plan will be executed.

You can bet once the dead period ends over a week from now that there will be some top assistant coaches and head coaches down in Montezuma, Ga. hanging out around Macon County High School.

Smith has put the small town on the map in the Peach State.


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