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1. So now Roquan Smith has decided that he will not sign a national letter of intent at all. That's what his high school coach Larry Harold told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday. The question now is, what kind of impact that decision might have on future prospects in Smith's position? Some high school coaches in Georgia think it could be a game-changer for some top-tier prospects. You might recall that Smith committed to UCLA last week only to learn that the Bruins assistant who recruited him was leaving for a job with the Atlanta Falcons. Smith put his decision on hold and is now weighing all of his options -- including refusing to sign paperwork that would bind him to one school, just in case something else unexpected happens.

2. Spring practice is right around the corner, so we're starting to see a stream of player profiles on early enrollees who might begin carving out a role in the next several weeks in an effort to become instant-impact players in the fall. AL.com's Joel Erickson authored one such story Tuesday on Auburn running back Jovon Robinson. The Opelika-Auburn News' Alex Byington also explored possible early-impact players in the Tigers' most recent signing class Tuesday. And our own Edward Aschoff touched on the subject with a full list of all 81 SEC early enrollees. It also remains the season where we discuss departures -- both of the coaching and personnel variety. Texas A&M, for instance, announced that linebacker Jordan Mastrogiovanni and receiver Kyrion Parker will no longer play for the Aggies.

3. Former Missouri receiver L'Damian Washington bounced from team to team to team in his first season as a professional football player, which is just one more set of trying circumstances the wide receiver has had to endure. He no doubt has plenty of great stories to tell -- which is why he's also trying to get a start as a motivational speaker. Check out his interview with David Morrison of the Columbia Daily Tribune. Washington has a story that's worth sharing.

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