Auburn Commitment Excited About Malzahn Hire

Auburn commitment Jason Smith talks about the hire of Gus Malzahn as the head coach of the Tigers.

Mobile, Ala.—Rated a four-star wide receiver prospect by Scout.com and scheduled to play that position in this weekend's Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic at Cramton Bowl, speedy Auburn commitment Jason Smith has had a busy last two weeks.

In addition to starting his basketball season for the Yellow Jackets, Smith has also had to deal with a coaching change at Auburn as Gus Malzahn was named the head coach for the Tigers along with an entirely new staff being brought on board.

Very familiar with Malzahn and his system from his days at Auburn and also at Arkansas State this season, Smith said that he's excited for the possibilities down the road for the Tigers in his offensive system after getting the chance to talk to the coach last week.

"It went good," Smith said of his meeting with Malzahn. "We always kept in touch. We're starting to build a bond like me and Coach (Gene) Chizik had and probably even a better one since he's going to be my coach now.

"I think it's a real good fit for me," he added. "He said he has watched my film and thinks I can be a successful quarterback in his offense. He said I could do some good things if I learn the offense and just study the defenses and coverages and blitz schemes. I just want to study the game overall and be the best freshman I can be."

Smith stayed true to Auburn during the time of uncertainty between Chizik's firing and the hiring of Malzahn as the next head coach. He said when he heard the news about his new coach he was excited to think about the possibilities.

"I was really excited," Smith said. "I really like Auburn itself. Just to bring him in is like icing on the cake. It really solidified things for me. I was just looking forward to seeing who was going to come in and be the head coach, and Coach Malzahn was a good choice."

Saying he's still solidly committed to the Tigers, Smith said he plans to take several official visits during the process including Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.


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