ATLANTA --- Early in the Fall Evaluation Period, North Carolina extended an offer to Roquan Smith, a…
Nation's No. 5 MLB talks Clemson
It was the first trip to Clemson for junior middle linebacker Roquan Smith.
"I kind of knew earlier in the week that I was going to get it, because one of my coaches used to play at Clemson and he was talking on the phone to [Tony] Elliott," Smith told CUTigers during a recent interview, "And he said, pretty much, when I came up for the game, coach Venables was saying they wanted to offer me in person."
Roy Walker, who played defensive back at Clemson from 2005-06, is that Macon County assistant that Smith was referring to.
"I was always telling them, I've wanted to get one of those Clemson offers. They were top five at the time when they told me they offered," Smith said.
It was his first visit to the Clemson campus.
"I was actually at a lake house, too. I stayed the weekend over at a lake house. It's pretty nice up there. I liked it," Smith said.
In addition to the Clemson trip, Smith visited Georgia, Auburn, South Carolina, Wake Forest and Tennessee during the fall.
With 15 offers to his name, including Auburn, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and UCLA, Smith has no list of favorites.
"I'm probably going to have a top five by the end of the summer," he said.
Several factors will be considered as he works towards that point.
"A place where I can feel at home, a good game day atmosphere and a good bond with the coaches and if you feel like family there," Smith said.
As a junior, Smith had 100 tackles, 27 tackles for loss, six sacks, three forced fumbles and three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns. On offense, he caught 49 passes for over 700 yards.
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