What the heck; let’s hurtle a little further down the recruiting rabbit hole.
The saga that is Roquan Smith began on National Signing Day last Wednesday, with the four-star linebacker announcing in a public ceremony that he was committing to play his college football at UCLA. A short time later, however, it was reported that Smith was wavering on his decision; not so coincidentally, around that time reports began to surface that UCLA’s defensive coordinator, Jeff Ulbrich, was ticketed for a job with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.
Smith, a Georgia high school product, remains unsigned, although that’s expected to change Friday. Ahead of yet another public announcement, Smith has added yet another element into the equation, one that doesn’t shed a positive light on either Ulbrich or his now-former boss, Jim Mora.
“Coach Ulbricht did say that Coach Dan Quinn (of the Atlanta Falcons) had called him the night before, but he had declined the job offer,” Smith told Rivals.com. “I felt like Coach (Jim) Mora should have hit me up and said there’s potential that Coach Ulbrich may be leaving. Then, they tried to get me to go ahead and send the papers in, but I wasn’t doing it. They tried to get me to send them in at 8 in the morning. …
“I kind of do [feel they mislead me]. For them to be my first offer, yeah. I thought they were keeping it real with me, but you know people are going to lie.”
This is not exactly a new accusation as Smith’s high school coach ripped into how the situation played out, but, again, it doesn’t cast either UCLA specifically or college football recruiting in general in a positive light.
Smith will choose from those four schools on Friday. What he won’t be doing is signing a National Letter of Intent, a fact that was reported earleir this week and confirmed by the player in the Rivals.com interview.
UGASports.com: People are suggesting you might start a trend if you hold this letter of intent out. Is that your plan?
Smith: Yes, I’m just going to sign the scholarship papers for financial aid.”