If there is one area in the 2015 recruiting class that Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson will probably need to focus on, it will more than likely be at linebacker. The Yellow Jackets already have some potential targets at the position, but this past weekend they were paid a visit by a potential 5-star prospect, Roquan Smith.
Smith, a 6-foot-2, 203 lb prospect who attends Macon Co. High School in Montezuma, Ga., is being courted by practically every major program in the country, and by the time summer camps are done, could be one of the top linebackers in the class of 2015.
Currently Smith is rated as a 4-star prospect by ESPN, and is listed as the #3 linebacker in the nation, and the #6 player out of the state of Georgia. Rivals.com also has smith down as a 4-star linebacker, and has given him a 5.9 rating on their Rivals scale, which indicates they feel he is a potential All-American player.
Smith visited Tech over the weekend with a couple of teammates, including defensive end Malik Walker, who he tweeted a picture with after the visit.
— Hunnit_Gang1 (@RoquanSmith1) February 16, 2014
Is Smith a reach for the Yellow Jackets? Probably so. But that doesn’t mean it’s out of the question. He told JacketsOnline.com, “Georgia Tech offered way back during my junior season after Coach McCollum saw me play against Lamar County with the Qua Searcy and the Austin twins. I told Coach McCollum I wanted to visit back then and we sent it up for this past weekend,” Smith said. “I like Coach McCollum a lot.”
So the interest is there, and the need is there. The Georgia Tech coaching staff will just have to work hard to close the deal if they want to land this big fish.
At this point, there is no one school that really stands out in Smith’s mind, which is a good thing for the Jackets. The bad thing is the list of schools that have already offered the big linebacker, including Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, South Carolina and Texas A&M (as well as 15 other schools).
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