Smith Playing The Waiting Game

Auburn commitment Jason Smith said the news of Gene Chizik's firing was tough for him and now he's waiting to see who will be hired for the Tigers.

Mobile, Ala.—It has been a rough two weeks for Auburn quarterback commitment Jason Smith. First his team went down at home to Auburn High in the second round of the 6A playoffs, then on Sunday he learned that Gene Chizik had been fired as head coach of the Tigers. With a strong bond with Chizik and the coaching staff dating back almost a full year, Smith said it's tough to think if he plays at Auburn it will be with someone else in charge.

"To lose him after building a relationship with him was kind of upsetting," Smith tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I'm still committed to Auburn now. I want to see who the new coach is going to be."

One of the more versatile players in the South this year, Smith played quarterback for McGill-Toolen, but has the explosiveness to play wide receiver and even return kicks on the next level. How he's used in an offense is one of the things that Smith looked at carefully before choosing Auburn to begin with and he said that's something he'll have to wait and see again before making a decision to stay or go.

"It's tough," Smith said. "You know what they have planned for you. With another coach coming in he might not have that same mindset for you in that offense or whatever position you play. It's tough not knowing what kind of schemes they might have for you."

A very good student, Smith has had many opportunities to visit the Auburn campus and learn about the academic side of life as a student-athlete on the Plains. That's something he said will come in handy when the new staff talks to him because he already has those ties to the university.

"It helped me a lot with things," Smith said of being able to visit so many times. "I have learned a lot about the school because I'm going to try to major in engineering or architecture. I have heard that Auburn is very good in both of those."

Smith will take part in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic in Montgomery on Dec. 15.

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