Roquan Smith in ‘no rush’ to decide on college destination

Roquan Smith is getting a second chance to sort out his recruitment, and he’s going to take his time doing it.

The four-star linebacker’s coach at Montezuma (Ga.) Macon County, Larry Harold, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the decision could take “a week or so” — although the process could stretch on even longer. And while UCLA is still in the running along with Georgia, Texas A&M and Michigan, Smith sounds like he is considering the Bruins under the assumption that defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich will become the Atlanta Falcons’ new linebackers coach.

Smith had announced for the Bruins over UGA on ESPNU Wednesday morning, only to hear reports of Ulbrich’s potential departure soon after.

Harold, to the AJC:

“It’s not an open recruitment really, it’s just the same four schools and he’s going to take a week or so to decide. He’s going to take this weekend off, spend time with his family and relax, be a teenager. And then next week maybe he’ll start calling some coaches again and rehash it all. … There’s no rush.”

The high school coach spoke about Ulbrich’s decision between UCLA and the Falcons in the past tense — treating it as a done deal rather than an open possibility. He said that although Ulbrich had not officially agreed to a deal, the Bruin defensive coordinator had said “he was strongly considering it.”

The AJC reported in the same article that Ulbrich is in Atlanta today touring the Falcons’ facilities.

  • jameskatt

    We need Jeff Ulbrich to come back. The Bruins defense has been getting better. He is also fantastic as a recruiter.

    We need UCLA to pony up the money to keep Jeff at UCLA.

    • MPPBruin

      I’m torn on this. I believe that everyone has the capacity to improve given the opportunity, but now that he’s half way out the door I’m not sure if I want him back or someone else.

    • LTEfan

      It’s not likely a money issue, if he leaves it is because he wants to be coaching in the NFL.

  • MPPBruin

    What are the NCAA regulations regarding contacting Smith? Is there any dead period restrictions or something like that?

    • Jack Wang

      Written/electronic communications are currently allowed. Starting tomorrow, he can meet coaches in person and visit campuses.

      • Tommy B Low Us

        Hey jack. Do you think nick allioti would consider a DC position if coach brick leaves?

        • Bernie Bruin

          Nick Allioti? How soon people forget about December 5, 1998!

          • Tommy B Low Us

            That game is not forgotten, but it was a long time ago. Football is about the here and now. It does not matter what happened so long ago. Nick had a pretty good run with Oregon, and might be a good replacement if brick leaves.

  • gotroy22

    Jeff Ulbrich gets his revenge on Jim Mora for that famous shouting match during the Oregon debacle.

    • Tommy B Low Us

      Burp. I mess bacon, do you smell bacon?

  • Sam C

    We want people who want to be here. That goes for both Ulbrich and Smith. Mora is building something great, and if they want to come along for the ride that’s fantastic. If not good luck. Ucla is a great place to be.

  • CaliGrown

    Quite frankly I’m already over it. If Smith wanted to be here he would have already sent in his LOI. He wasted ESPN’s time and his school’s time with his “announcement”. You choose the school, its coaches, and the team. Not choose based on one coach. I don’t care if he’s a teen, hundreds of other teens have made their decisions and stuck with them. To me if he’s wavering now he may waver at any time during his tenure in Westwood.

    • Santiago Matamoros

      (And it’s not even the head coach.)

  • UCLA Dynasty

    This is such a sham cooked up by the SEC media to keep UCLA from becoming the next dominant power in the country. I mean, Ulbrich had no offers anywhere and all of a sudden he got an ATL offer? I bet Pete the Cheat was calling in a favor on this one too.