Versatile Junior Prospect's Stock On the Rise

Class of 2013 prospect Jason Smith talks about his big game in an exciting victory over previously unbeaten defending 6A state champion Daphne.

Mobile, Ala.—While Auburn commitment T.J. Yeldon is getting much of the talk in the Mobile area, and rightfully so with the numbers he's putting up as a senior running back, quietly McGill-Toolen's Jason Smith is making a name for himself as well.

Last Friday night he and his teammates pulled off a huge upset as they took down Yeldon and the Trojans 38-28 to remain undefeated on the season.

At 6-1, 170 pounds and playing quarterback for the Yellow Jackets, Smith threw two touchdown passes in the win, but that was far from his only contribution. In addition to several nice runs out of the backfield he also showed his 4.45 speed in another way, on special teams.

Looking for a boost to start the second half leading 24-21, Coach Bart Sessions inserted Smith into one of the return spots and he responded by taking a kickoff back 75 yards for a touchdown to vault his team to the huge win.

"All of the hard work we've put into this season and the coaches really prepared us well this week," Smith said of the reasons why his team was successful. "The coaches threw me in there. I was surprised they had me in on kickoff return. This whole week they had me working there. Hard work pays off."

Playing some safety late in the game as well as his other duties, Smith knocked down a pass to help preserve the win. He said for him it's a matter of doing whatever it takes to help his team get the victory.

"I like to get a little dirty out there," Smith said.

Coming into his own as a player as a junior, Smith has started drawing comparisons to former Daphne standout Pat White. While he's not left-handed he does have some similarities in the way he can extend a play and put pressure on the defense with his legs. He said he's come a long way at the position this season.

"Our quarterback Coach (David) Morris mentors me after every game and before games," Smith said. "No matter who we're playing he tells me to keep my head up and be a leader out there."

Only receiving letters from schools such as Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Alabama and several others, Smith said he hasn't talked to any coaches and hopes that will change in the coming weeks as his team continues to rise up the 6A rankings.

"It doesn't really matter to me right now what school it is," Smith said. "I just want to have the chance to play on the next level."

If and when that happens Smith said he's not sure what position he'll play, but that he'll try his best no matter where he winds up.

"Wherever they want to put me I'll play," Smith said. "I like to compete. If they want me to play offense and defense I'll do it and return kicks too."


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