Montezuma (Ga.) four-star linebacker Roquan Smith is capable of making explosive moves on the football, but could he make an explosive move on the recruiting trail?
Smith scheduled an official visit to USC Nov. 28, which to most
following his recruitment, is a surprise. Although USC is rarely
mentioned as a school of interest for Smith in interviews, Friday will
be the second time he visits Los Angeles.
“I’ll be up there Friday, Saturday and Sunday,” said Smith. “I was up
there over the summer and met the coaches. I saw the school and
everything, so it was nice being in L.A.
“The staff has been on me ever since I was out there. I’ve been
thinking about the trip, and I can see myself being out there. I need
to check out the program as a whole and hang out with some of the
“I want to see how they act, how they come together as a family. This
visit is to find out more about football.”
USC assistant coaches Peter Sirmon and Justin Wilcox are recruiting
Smith for the Trojans.
“Back when they offered me, the coaches said that I was a priority for
the staff at linebacker and that there wouldn’t be a better time to
come in,” said Smith. “They think I can come in and fight for an
opportunity to play early.”
Smith is being recruited by USC as a WILL linebacker at 6-foo-2,
205-pounds. As a standout performer at The Opening last summer, Smith
proved to be as good at covering receivers out of the offensive
backfield as the defensive backs participating at the prestigious
Between his trip to Los Angeles last summer and his participation at
The Opening, Smith has no reservations about playing college football
on the West Coast.
“It’s whatever it takes to be successful,” said Smith. “I’m visiting
USC, and I’m going to visit UCLA, but I don’t have a date for them yet.”
While UCLA has been in the conversation for Smith’s signature since
last summer, USC’s addition to his official schedule is new.
“USC was never really out of it with me,” said Smith. “They just came
along later in the process — or I would say later on because I started
getting recruited in the 10th grade.
“The didn’t offer me until the summer of this year. It was kind of
late, but they made up for it.”
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