Roquan Smith Goes Away to School

Feb. 4 -- The nation's #1 middle linebacker, Roquan Smith, decides to turn down local Georgia and go to UCLA...

Roquan Smith is going away to the big city.

The kid from the small town of Montezuma (Ga.) turned down the hometown Georgia Buildogs and verbally committed to UCLA on ESPN.

"I'll be attending the University of California, Los Angeles," Smith said. "I just wanted to get out and do my own thing. The education speaks for itself."

Smith also considered Michigan, Texas A&M and others, but the nation's #1 middle linebacker opted for the Bruins.

Smith, the 6'1", 210-pounder who has clocked a 4.55 40, cited his relationship with UCLA Defensive Coordinator Jeff Ulbrich.

"I think Coach Ulbrich and the staff out there can develop me into who I want to be, " Smith said. "I didn't know about the other guys, but at the end of the day, I had to do what's best for me."

Sources have indicated that Smith gave UCLA a silent verbal commitment last summer when he visited the UCLA campus unofficially. Once he became a huge national recruiting target this fall it was thought that silent verbal wouldn't hold up, but it ultimately did.

Smith officially visited UCLA last weekend, the last weekend possible to conduct official visits, after visiting Georgia, Michigan and Texas A&M.

This gives UCLA the #1 prospect at quarterback, running back, tight end, center and middle linebacker in the 2015 class.

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