Roquan Smith: our long national nightmare is finally over.

He’s coming to Athens!  With no signed NLI!  Yay!

Thank you, Jeff Ulbrich.  (And to whomever leaked the Falcons job info, thank you, too.)

Can we all get along now?

By the way, if you read that Bud Elliott linked piece, check out this bit of analysis:

Where Smith will likely make his money in college is at the Will linebacker position in a 4-3 defense. There, Smith will be protected by defensive linemen who will eat up blocks, and allow him to chase down plays and make a ton of tackles. He’ll also be asked to cover backs in the flat, and receivers at times as well. Smith shows good hips in some of his highlights, suggesting he could be a very valuable coverage player; particularly as teams continue to throw the football more and more.

An ILB who’s a legit cover guy?  Pinch me, I must be dreaming.


Filed under Georgia Football, Recruiting

45 responses to “Roquan Smith: our long national nightmare is finally over.

  1. Bright Idea

    God I hope this kid avoids trouble and isn’t a bust. It will somehow be Richt’s fault if he doesn’t pan out.


  2. I said the same thing on your Signing Day wrap up post, but this kid is gonna be a holy terror. That night I watched the highlight clips of a lot of our signees, and Smith’s was about the most impressive of anybody. Kid is a baller, this totally made my Friday.

    Welcome to Athens, Roquan!


    • Doggoned

      That senior year highlight film is impressive. The kid can move. No wonder UCLA wanted him so badly. Perfect-looking LB for today’s offenses. Hope it pans out.


  3. Russ

    So, does our recruiting no longer suck?


  4. DC Weez

    I guess that moves our class up to at least 23d on the Jason Kirk scale. Folks if this class is 23d, I’ll take 23d every year and be happy. This is a damn good class of DGDs.


  5. Gravidy

    Senator (or anyone else), am I right in assuming UGA coaches won’t be able to comment on him in any way until he enrolls?


  6. Just thinking about the Code Red (was that term actually used, or has it been created afterward?) … kudos to the coaches for hustling all the way to the end. They teach these kids to play until the whistle blows, and they showed that they do, too.


  7. I’ll confess to not reading the article & am proly late to this, but does the Ulbrich fella (who was still ‘cruitin him for UCLA supposedly) not realize that the Falcons stadium is full of Dawg fans? I’m not very smart & kinda lazy, but that sure seemed like a dumb move to me.
    Welcome to Athens Roquan! Go Dawgs!


  8. Bright Idea

    Falcons’ stadium full of Dawg fans???? I didn’t know Steelers fans were Dawg fans too. Is the barking why Falcons have to use a silent count at home?


    • Well maybe when they are worth a shit I shoulda said. Or maybe I shoulda said fan base in general is full of Dawg fans.
      I, finding it hard to watch NFL games until the playoffs, heard about that Steelers game tho. Damn shame. But those Stillers fans do travel well, mine as well take advantage of the situation.


      • Bazooka Joe

        Regarding Steelers fans, that is not a good measuring stick as the Steelers get a lot of fans at every road game, they are everywhere. NO is not a good example of us either because they travel well to Atl, and we travel well to NO.
        The other part of the problem is there are more people from up north living in Atlanta area now than “locals” and they still pull for their rust belt teams.


    • Bulldog Joe

      Perhaps if the Falcons were to actually draft or sign some Georgia players…

      Never mind.


  9. Russ (the old one)

    Clicking through the various recruiting articles and one thing that jumps out is that the SEC is going to have some monster DLs in the next couple of years. 4 DL/DE going to UGA, AU, Tenn, and Missouri and each had a claim to be the overall #1 recruit in the country. That’s just nuts.


    • No One Knows You're a Dawg

      Agree. We did all right with OL recruiting this year but we must get even better to keep pace the DL recruits coming in to the conference.


  10. Doggoned

    Am I reading the situation right, or does not signing a letter of intent gain him pretty much nothing, now that he’s signed financial aid papers?


  11. Bulldog Joe

    Great opportunity for him to compete for playing time early.

    It’s a good fit.


  12. Dawgfan Will

    And now the true waiting begins: Who will be the first to call him a glory hound the first time he plays with enthusiasm and it backfires on us?


  13. Scorpio Jones, III

    Is it too early to start worrying about South Carolina and Tennessee?


  14. 904Biscuit

    A MLB that played RB, WR, and KR in high school!! This kid is freakishly athletic and seems to have good vision and instincts. If he can put on 20 lbs of muscle and keep his speed and agility, he has difference maker written all over him. Oh, and please oh please oh please stay out of trouble and be a good teammate!


  15. heyberto

    Well, I’m certainly happy we got him, and I’m hopeful he is 100% with Georgia now, and I’m not going to assume otherwise anymore. Welcome Roquan.


  16. Cojones

    Was impressed with his interview the other day in that he showed character and thoughtfulness without prompting or having his coach around. Gained a healthy respect for his coach as well. Has he gone to Brunswick to coach?

    Roquon showed me that he is capable of becoming a DGD in more ways than on the field athletically. I know that others didn’t get the same chance at the mic, but he presented well as a Dawg.

    Can we add -CLA to our favorite meme for that swampy team?


  17. W Cobb Dawg

    Tis better to be a teammate of Chubb, than try to tackle him as an opponent.


  18. Red Cup

    Sounds like a bigger faster Rene Curran. I likes it


  19. AusDawg85

    Somebody please check that he gets nowhere near Mudcat’s car, his Momma’s gun, Athens’ allies on a scooter, eats brownies during Spring Break and knows his full name when asked