Muschamp wants the country boy

Linebacker Roquan Smith (6-2, 205, Montezuma, GA Macon County) was in Gainesville on Thursday while his head coach worked the Will Muschamp camp.

Smith got the opportunity to go talk to the Florida coaches but he also got the chance to hang out with a few Gator players and they left a good impression on Smith.

“The visit went pretty well,” Smith said. “This time around I got to hang out with some of the players. I was with JP (Jeremi Powell), Mike T [Taylor] and Jarrad [Davis]. Those guys are the most welcoming and coolest guys I’ve been around on a college campus. They welcomed me right in and was cool with me.”

Before Smith got to hang out with the boys he got the chance to sit down with defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin to go over some film.

“I got to talk ball with Coach Durkin for a while and it went very well man,” Smith said. “He was telling that I have an opportunity and there is a good opportunity for me to come in and do something special at Florida. He really wants me at the WILL linebacker position.”

Smith also got the chance to talk to Will Muschamp and the two country boys talked about Muschamp’s background .

“Coach Muschamp was saying that he’s defensive head coach and I told him that his resume speaks for itself and that he has showed that,” Smith said. “Coach Muschamp is a great guy and he always tells me that I’m more country than him and that’s what he likes about me.”

This was the third visit for Smith to Gainesville since March but he says this visit was all about seeing the what the players were like.

“I’ve pretty much seen everything that I need to see at Florida now,” Smith said. “This visit was more about me just enjoying the visit and hanging out with the guys and seeing what they were all about. I just wanted to get a feel for the atmosphere.”

Now that Smith has returned to Gainesville, he plans to see a few other schools, beginning with the Gators’ rival this weekend.

“I’m going to take a few more visits this summer,” Smith said. “I’m going to go out west and see what they are all about out there. I’m going to Tennessee on Saturday too.”

Despite Smith taking more visits, he says the Gators are high on his list and Thursday’s visit only helped them.

“I’m sticking with my plan of whenever it feels right that I will make my decision,” Smith said. “Florida is at the top though with a few schools but Florida made a good impression and made a jump after this visit because I got to hang out with those guys. Those guys are great people.”

One thing that Florida is hoping to do is to land two Georgia linebackers in the class and the two they want are good friends and want to play together.

“Adonis [Thomas] and I just got through texting about everything actually,” Smith said. “We are still talking about playing college ball together.”

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.