AU Camp A Learning Experience For Smith

Class of 2013 football prospect Jason Smith talks about camping with the Tigers and his recruiting big picture.

Mobile, Ala.--Class of 2013 prospect Jason Smith said he received encouragement from Auburn's new offensive coordinator and quarterback coach during his workout at Auburn's first 2012 one-day football prospects camp.

Smith pointed out that he also picked up tips about playing quarterback from Scot Loeffler that he believes will make him a better player this fall at McGill-Toolen High School.

"Coach Loeffler knew I could run it, but he wanted to see if I could throw it, too," Smith said. "He was very impressed. He was like, ‘I like what I'm going to work with.' Coming from the offensive coordinator, it was amazing hearing it from him.

"With the things he's done in the past, at Michigan coaching Tom Brady, it means a lot to me," said Smith, who burst onto the scene as a prospect with an outstanding junior season.

Smith joked about terms Loeffler used in teaching him at the camp, referring to them as "French," but said he realizes the offensive coordinator was simply getting him ready for the next level.

Rated a four-star recruit by as a wide receiver prospect because of his speed and overall potential to make the move to that position as a collegian, Smith is interested in playing quarterback at the college level. He pointed out that Loeffler helped him with stepping into passes, his follow-through and several other details that could make Smith a more accurate passer.

Jason Smith is shown during his sophomore season.

Having offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Ole Miss, South Alabama, Troy and UAB in addition to Auburn, Smith said committing always runs through his head.

"I like Auburn and have a lot of other schools to go see," said Smith, who noted he is keeping an open mind on his recruitment and doesn't have a current leader. "They (Auburn) are on my list and I'm definitely going to be looking at them.

For the summer the 6-1, 172-pound prospect plans to visit Alabama, Arkansas State and Ole Miss. "Next month I know for sure I am going to Alabama and Ole Miss," he said, adding that he is considering making his college choice prior to the start of his senior year. However, he said there is a chance he may continue the recruiting process until much closer to national signing day in February.

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