It is always interesting to see what guys coming out of a redshirt year will do, and that is what we have in today’s player.
Ja’Quirius Smith - Fr. (RS)
Lakeland, FL (Lakeland HS)
6’2”, 220 pounds
2019 Projection: Contributor at Linebacker
Smith comes from one of the most successful programs in the state of Florida and one that gave us a multi-year starter a few years ago in Will Lucas. He even saw some very limited action last year, appearing in two games and even getting a tackle against Auburn in the bowl game. The new redshirt rules allowed him o hold on to his redshirt, too.
Smith was officially the final signee in the 2018 recruiting class and is a very athletic linebacker. After bulking up a bit he could be a rising start this season, especially since we could use him for valuable depth at the position. I think he could be one of the top contributors coming out of redshirt this year.