2015 linebacker enjoys junior day

Last Saturday the Gators hosted their first of several junior days and while the turnout was small the coaching staff had a few talented prospects on campus.

One of those prospects was 2015 linebacker Roquan Smith (6-2, 205, Montezuma, GA Macon County) who enjoyed seeing the interaction between the coaches and players at Florida.

“The unofficial visit to Florida yesterday went pretty well and I enjoyed myself,” Smith said. “They have a great set of coaches and I see that they treat everyone the same way. They don’t treat recruits one way and the players a different way. I like that they don’t change up the way they treat you once you get there and stuff.”

With only a handful of prospects on campus last Saturday the Gators were able to give Smith the red carpet treatment full of events.

“I got to tour the campus and the academics at Florida first,” Smith said. “After that I got to break down film with the defensive coordinator coach (D.J.) Durkin and coach Will Muschamp. I went to the basketball game with coach Durkin and after that we just chilled and ate some food. It was a good time.”

During the film breakdown with  Muschamp and  Durkin the Georgia native found out where the coaches see him fitting in at the Gators defense.

“The film session at Florida went pretty well with the coaches,” Smith said. “Coach Durkin was telling me that he wants me to play the Will linebacker position. I like the defense style of play there and I like that coach Muschamp is a defensive head coach and that he has a top 10 defense every year. His résumé speaks for itself.”

After the film session with Muschamp the 2015 star was able to sit down in Will Muschamp’s office where he had a message for Smith.

“Coach Muschamp was saying that he doesn’t promise anyone playing time but he does promise them an opportunity to earn it,” Smith said. “He said that if you are good enough to play than he will play you no matter what class you are in.”

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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 Rivals.com, 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.