Muschamp likes Smith’s country personality

Linebacker Roquan Smith (6-2, 205, Montezuma, GA Macon County) tagged along with his good friend Adonis Thomas this weekend to visit Florida for Saturday’s spring scrimmage.

This was Smith’s second visit to Florida and the Gators left a good impression on the linebacker after this weekend’s visit.

“The visit went really well, man,” Smith said. “Me and Adonis [Thomas] had a great time down there. I got to meet with the coaches, talk football with them and we got to just chill with them. Overall it was just a great time talking to the whole staff.”

The highlight of the trip for Smith was being able to watch Florida’s defense dominant Saturday’s scrimmage.

“Florida wants me at the Mike linebacker and Will linebacker position,” Smith said. “I think I could really fit in great there. I was watching the defense a lot on Saturday and man, they really get after it. They play fast physical and with a pissed off mind set.”

After the scrimmage concluded early due to rain the Georgia native had the chance to meet with defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin.

“Coach Durkin was telling me that they didn’t sign any linebackers in last year’s class and they need some in this year’s class,” Smith said. “He said that he would give me a chance to come in and compete and that jobs are won on the field.”

Will Muschamp has ties to the state of Georgia and that left a big impression on Smith because of the connection they can talk about.

“Coach Muschamp said he would love to have me on his team,” Smith said. “He said he needed a guy from Georgia that was more country than him. Coach Muschamp is a great guy and he knows what kind of ball we play in Georgia so he respects us.”

Following the second visit to Gainesville the Gators can now say they have moved up the charts for Smith in his recruitment.

“I’m still pretty open but this visit to Florida boosted them up a good bit,” Smith said. “Auburn is a great school and they are standing out with UCLA and Florida so far.”

Next up for Smith will be a trip to see the instate Bulldogs but Florida will also see a return trip for Smith in the near future.

“I’m visiting Georgia on April 5th,” Smith said. “I’m definitely going to make my reservation to get back down to Gainesville and Gator Country real soon.”

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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.