Smith Likes Hire Of Craig, Talks Recruiting

Jason Smith talks about the hiring of Dameyune Craig, his visit plans, and his commitment to Auburn.

Mobile, Ala.—While the additions of Dameyune Craig and Rich Bisaccia to the coaching staff at Auburn caused a stir in college football world on Thursday, perhaps the most interested onlooker was Tigers' commitment Jason Smith.

Being recruited by Craig while he was at Florida State, Smith has a good feel for the former Auburn quarterback and now new Auburn assistant. He said having Dameyune Craig as one of his future coaches is nothing but positive from his perspective.

"I think it's going to help the whole team out," Smith tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "He's a great recruiting coach and a good guy all the way around. He brings things to the table that other coaches can't."

Playing quarterback for McGill-Toolen but switching to wide receiver for the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic and earning MVP honors, Smith is one of the most talented players in the 2013 recruiting class. He said seeing Craig come back to Auburn from Florida State means a great deal to him as a player getting ready to play for the Tigers.

"I think it helps our team," Smith says. "I think he'll definitely help us receiver-wise and with the quarterbacks since he played quarterback."

With Craig joining fellow former Auburn standout Rodney Garner on a staff filled with stellar names, Smith said the group is one that speaks to recruits and should pay big dividends on the recruiting trail immediately.

"I think it's very exciting," Smith says. "I think it's going to be pretty hard to say no. I think some of the guys that committed somewhere else may look over their shoulders and say ‘maybe I should sign with them.' Hopefully, everything goes well."

Still solidly committed to Auburn, Smith says he plans to visit Tennessee, Ole Miss and possibly Mississippi State and Alabama as well before signing day. Even though he's taking some trips Smith has a message for the Auburn fans worried about his decision.

"Don't worry about anything," Smith says. "I look forward to being part of the Auburn Family."

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