Good news for UGA with state’s top uncommitted football recruit

UGA will get an official visit from Roquan Smith, the state’s top uncommitted football prospect.

The 4-star linebacker from Macon County High School has decided on four of his five official visits, his coach told the AJC on Sunday night.

Smith, who is rated as the state’s No. 7 overall prospect, will take recruiting trips to UGA, Florida, UCLA and LSU. For his fifth visit, Smith is considering several schools, including Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, USC, and Mississippi State.

LB Roquan Smith (AJC/Michael Carvell)

LB Roquan Smith (AJC/Michael Carvell)

“He still hasn’t set up any dates for his official visits yet,” Macon County coach Larry Harold said. “He’s waiting until after the season for that. He has really done a great job focusing on our season instead of the recruiting.

“He talks with the college coaches when they stop by our school, but he’s really trying to focus on his senior season. We’ll set those dates for the visits after the season. We will map it all out then.”

Within the last few weeks, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn stopped by Macon County, along with assistants from LSU and Virginia Tech.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Smith hasn’t named any leaders, but many recruiting analysts predict that it’s a two-horse race between UGA and Florida. Bulldogs assistant John Lilly attended Macon County’s win over Veterans last month.

When Smith got to school last Monday, he was met by Florida coach Will Muschamp.

“Coach Muschamp’s visit was great,” Harold said. “He just tried to reassure Roquan that they still have a chance to get things back on the right track at Florida. (Muschamp) assured him that they’re going to get a chance to get things turned around. He told him to kind of ignore the rumors, obviously.”

Smith initially planned on announcing his college choice at his all-star game in early January but now has backed it up until signing day. What will be the most important factors in reaching his decision?

“I think the biggest thing will be wherever he feels the most comfortable with the college coaches,” Harold said. “The next thing is going to be playing time. He’s really big on that. After that, it’s the defensive scheme — he wants to play in aggressive style like we do here at Macon County. And another thing is academics. He wants to go the program that offers the best degree for sports management.”

Through eight games this season for Macon County, Smith has registered 126 tackles and scored two defensive touchdowns. Smith is also playing part-time on offense, and has scored two touchdowns each on rushes and pass receptions. Smith also showcased his athleticism with a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown.

Please watch the AJC Super 11 video of Roquan Smith below:

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