One of the most hotly recruited linebackers in the South is Roquan Smith (6-2 204) of Montezuma, GA. Clemson and USC are among his many offers. You can count all of the SEC except LSU and Missouri on his offer list. From the ACC, Clemson, North Carolina, Louisville, Syracuse and Florida State are on board. UCLA was his first offer.
His coach, Larry Harold, said Smith is a model prospect off and on the field. "He's a model leader for our school and a great academic kid. When you have the best player on your team as the hardest worker, that's what sets him apart."
Smith plays on the inside of a 3-4 defensive alignment and is big play maker. He scored 7 touchdowns on defense last season, and he also played receiver. Smith gained 25 pounds from his sophomore to junior seasons and that just made him a stronger player.
"His explosiveness and striking ability on tackling is just phenomenal," Harold said. "He runs side to side, and we have a pretty fast defense, and he beats everybody to the ball. And I can line him up at safety or corner if I needed to and he could cover as well as anybody." Last season Smith had 101 tackles with 27 for loss and 8 sacks. He also caught 49 passes for 649 yards and 11 scores.
He visited Georgia Tech last weekend and has also visited Auburn, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, and he went to USC and Clemson for games last season. He will visit Florida State this weekend.
"Early playing time is real important to this kid," Harold said. "He wants to play right away and he's looking at the depth charts to see where he measures up."
Clemson and USC have a legitimate shot right now. "Very big interest," Harold said. "He went to the Florida State-Clemson game and that's when he received the offer. He really likes coach Venables. And coach Robbie Caldwell has done an excellent job recruiting him. And South Carolina, coach Botkin does a real good job. He came to our game with Peach County and offered him on the spot."
Smith has not yet formulated his favorites list. "It's all about the same," Harold said. "He's a kid that's very calculating and keeps everything very close to the vest. He should have a top five by the end of the spring."
Harold said he expects Smith to visit Clemson and USC this spring for practices.