Smith Chooses Chizik's Tigers

Four-star prospect Jason Smith announced his decision on Monday morning, choosing the Auburn Tigers.

Mobile, Ala.--The Auburn Tigers picked up their 15th commitment for the 2013 football signee class on Monday morning as four-star prospect Jason Smith from McGill-Toolen Catholic chose Coach Gene Chizik's program.

Alabama with Arkansas, Ole Miss, South Alabama, Troy and UAB were also in the running. Playing quarterback for the Yellow Jackets, Smith is expected to have the opportunity to win a job at that position when he arrives on the Plains for the 2013 season.

At 6-1, 172 pounds, Smith is a exciting athlete for Coach Bart Sessions who is capable of making plays with both his arm and his feet. As someone who was on the Daphne staff when former West Virginia standout Pat White was a star for the Trojans, Sessions said Smith is a prospect who compares very favorably to White.

"He's a very explosive player," Sessions pointed out. "He's extremely dynamic in the running game. That's probably where he draws the biggest comparisons to Pat White. The thing that is lost on most people is how good of a passer he is.

"He's very coachable," Sessions added. "I think our offensive coaches have done a good job with him. He understands the passing game and what we're trying to do with the football and where to go with the ball. He's just an explosive player, a guy who can change the game on any snap."

Smith put together a strong performance last season.

Accounting for nearly 2,000 yards of total offense last season for McGill-Toolen, Smith was one of the main reasons why the Yellow Jackets won 11 games and advanced deep into the Class 6A playoffs. Sessions said the speedy quarterback was a difference-maker for his team and the program.

"What I thought he did a tremendous job of last year was playing within our offense," Sessions said. "He would distribute the ball and had some patience in the throwing game. I thought as the year went along he improved drastically.

"Coming out this spring and watching him throw the football, his arm strength is up," he added. "He's really putting some good zip on the football. We're very pleased with where he is right now."

With one more season left at McGill-Toolen before taking his talents to Auburn, Sessions said the sky is the limit for Smith because of his versatility.

"He's a guy who has to gain weight," Sessions said. "He's a three-sport guy in high school. When he dedicates himself year-round to football he's really going to put on some pounds. He's really a guy who could have an immediate impact whether that's at quarterback, as a returner, wildcat quarterback, traditional quarterback--whatever the case may be.

"One of the things we admire about him is that he's such a great team player," the coach added. "He's a four-star quarterback and his arm gets kind of sore in a 7-on-7 so we sit him. He comes up and says that his legs aren't sore so let him play wide receiver to help us win the game. He's just an unselfish kid and team oriented.

"I think he could immediately help in some capacity. Quarterback at that level is so tough to come in as a freshman and take the reins, but I certainly know he's a competitor and he's going to fight for the position. It will be interesting to see his development."

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