Will Roquan Smith enroll at UGA next month?

LB Roquan Smith (AJC/Michael Carvell)

LB Roquan Smith (AJC/Michael Carvell)

Will Roquan Smith enroll at UGA next month to play football?

If you remember, the linebacker from Macon County High School made national headlines for becoming the first high-profile football recruit to bypass the signing of his national letter of intent (NLI).

Smith didn’t sign the NLI because he nearly got burned on signing day by UCLA with a coaching change.

Instead, Smith committed to UGA over Michigan and UCLA around 10 days after signing day.

And even though Smith is technically a “free agent” and can be recruited by other colleges, he told the AJC on Sunday night that he still fully plans to enroll at UGA next month. (And when he attends his first day of college classes, he’ll officially be a Bulldogs recruit)

“A few schools, such as UCLA and Michigan, have been talking to me. But I haven’t really been doing too much with them,” Smith said.

“Right after I committed to Georgia, they asked me ‘Are you sure you’re 100 percent? Are you going to change your mind about Georgia?’ I told them that I’m going to stick it out with Georgia. Those other schools haven’t said much about it in the last few months. But I still keep in touch with those guys. They are good people, so I keep in contact with them every two or three weeks.”

What about all those college coaches who whined, cried and complained about the far-reaching implications of Smith’s bold maneuver?

“I think the main reason I’m not really hearing from people is because when I committed after signing day, I said I wasn’t going to entertain any other schools after that,” Smith said. “I gave my word, and I’m sticking by it. So that kind of killed off all of the other (suitors).”

UGA assistant Mike Ekeler  (AJC)

UGA assistant Mike Ekeler (AJC)

UGA doesn’t seem too concerned about Smith keeping his word. The 4-star recruit said he really only talks to one Bulldogs assistant, Mike Ekeler. The last time that Smith was at UGA was for the spring game last month.

“I’ve just been working out, and staying in shape,” Smith said. “I’m at 6-foot-1, 217 pounds. They want me at 215.”

Smith said he will graduate from high school on May. 23. He has “pretty much been approved” for admissions to UGA, and will report on June 1. He is expected give the Bulldogs some immediate depth at inside linebacker. Smith has high hopes for his freshman season.

“I want to go up there, and play about 25-30 plays per game,” Smith said. “I want to do my thing, and do whatever I can to help the team.”

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