Roquan Smith visits Florida again

Roquan Smith visits Florida again

It was his fourth trip since January and third since the start of April. Montezuma (Ga.) Macon County 4-star linebacker Roquan Smith keeps visiting the University of Florida football program and finding different things he likes about it. On Thursday he spent most of the day on campus during camp sessions, but he didn't work out. He just got a feel for the people in the program.

Roquan Smith spent a great deal of time with the current Florida players on Thursday. Seniors Neiron Ball and Michael Taylor let him know what it is like at Florida.

"It went very well," Scout's #4 rated middle linebacker in the country said of the visit. "I was just hanging with the players and getting a feel for those guys. I had some fun. They were the coolest group of linebacker guys I have run into at any college. That was great knowing that they could be the type of guys I could have on my team."

The Florida staff is in need of linebackers after not signing a single player at the position in 2014. The prospects they are going after know they have to sign numbers and Smith knows he is a high priority of defensive coordinator and linebacker coach D.J. Durkin and staff. Durkin also spent a great deal of time with Smith on Thursday.

"Coach Durkin says that I am a ball player that runs from sideline to sideline, can hit, play ball and cover guys," Smith said. They think I can do what it takes. There is definitely some love there."

The Gators are looking for Smith to play at the WILL backer position. Very similar to the MIKE in the Gator's defense, the WILL will also be asked to contain on the outside as well as help plug the middle when necessary.

It fits my game perfect," Smith said of the position. "It's like throwing me through a water tunnel and not getting wet."

Smith says he isn't ready to form a favorites list at the moment., but he will have that before school starts again in the fall.

"I plan on cutting it down to six at the most, somewhere around the start of the season," he said. "Then go from there after the season."

When that decision comes to pick a program, he knows what he is looking for.

"I will base it on where I can get developed at, a place with a great opportunity, where I can grow as a person, and a place where I am surrounded by great people," he said.

The Gators seem to be making a bigger impression on Smith every time he visits Gainesville. Such a high priority position, they can't ask for much more.

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