Two schools recruiting Smith the hardest

The first two weeks of the spring evaluation period the Gators spent around the northern portion of the country but this week the coaching staff has started recruiting the Southeast including the state of Georgia.

One prospect the coaches saw in Georgia on Monday was linebacker Roquan Smith (6-2, 205, Montezuma, GA Macon County) who saw two coaches from Florida.

“Coach [D.J.] Durkin and Coach T-Rob [Travaris Robinson] came by on Monday to visit me but they couldn’t talk to me,” Smith said. “I know they got to talk to my coach and things like that. It was nice to see their faces at my school.”

Despite Smith not being able to talk to Florida in person on Monday the two parties talk a lot and usually Smith talks to defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin about where he will fit in at on the defense.

“I talk to Florida a lot on the phone and over social media through messages,” Smith said. “Coach Durkin tells me that I have an opportunity at Florida and that I fit their defense well. He said that I have an opportunity to play early at the Will backer position.”

Smith has already been to Gainesville once this spring and he plans to get back down again this summer to see the coaching staff in person.

“I went down there this spring and man it’s a great place and great coaches,” Smith said. “Overall it’s a good place down there and I really like Coach Durkin. He’s a great guy and we have a tight relationship together and I plan to get down there for Friday Night Lights in July again.”

The Gators have done a great job of recruiting Smith so far and the linebacker says the Gators are one of two schools recruiting him the hardest.

“Florida and Georgia are recruiting me the hardest right now,” Smith said. “I don’t want to name a leader right now though but I may sometime soon. I’m going to make my decision at the Under Armour game if I can enroll early or I’m going to decide on signing day.”

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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.