Smith Excited About Opportunity At Auburn

Auburn commitment Jason Smith discusses the Tigers, getting to know the new staff, and much more.

Mobile, Ala.—Since committing to the Auburn Tigers way back in July, four-star prospect Jason Smith has been excited to start his future on the Plains. Through the coaching change and a struggling season on the field for the Tigers, Smith never wavered in his decision to be a Tiger and now the time is almost here for him to sign on the dotted line.

"Auburn, I just fell in love with it from day one," Smith tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It really started with the Junior Day and Big Cat Weekend. It's a place you can't turn down.

"I'm going to sign with Auburn," he adds. "The relationships I have built have been a great experience getting to know these guys. They are some of the best in the State of Alabama. To compete against guys like that will only make you better and I look forward to doing that."

When Coach Gene Chizik and the rest of his staff were let go it was a time of uncertainty for Smith and the rest of the Auburn commitments at the time, but once Gus Malzahn was named it immediately brought a sense of relief for Smith. Already familiar with both Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee after they recruited several of his teammates at McGill-Toolen while at Arkansas State, Smith notes when Dameyune Craig got hired to be the co-coordinator it just put all the pieces into place for him.

"It has been a great process for me getting to know Coach Malzahn and Coach Lashlee," Smith says. "Me and Coach Craig have been knowing each other for a little while now. Seeing what they're going to do with the offense is amazing. I'm not saying it's going to be easy, but it's not that complicated when they sit down and explain it to you.

"I think it's going to be a great experience to work with them," he adds. "I believe they can help me get to the next level. They have coached some of the best guys that are now having success in the NFL. I look forward to being coached by those guys."

Ranked as a wide receiver by Scout.com and earning MVP honors in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic after catching six passes for 134 yards, Smith has his heart set on earning a job as a quarterback for the Tigers after a strong senior season for the Yellow Jackets.

Completing 110-169 passes for 1,566 yards and 19 touchdowns this season while adding 867 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns on just 88 carries, Smith has the ability to get the job done at the position and is looking forward to getting that shot.

"They are all set on me competing at the quarterback position," Smith says. "I know nothing is going to be given to me. I have to come in and compete. We have a new coaching staff and a new offense so everybody is starting at step one.

"I think I have improved a lot at reading defenses," he adds. "I'm also more responsible with the football. I can go through my reads and take the check-downs when I need to and things like that. I'm smarter on the field and I'm using my awareness to cut down mistakes."

Good friends with one of the guys he'll be competing with at the position, fellow incoming freshman Jeremy Johnson, Smith says the two along with several more commitments have become really close during the recruiting process. With Auburn trying to finish off this class with several top prospects he says many of the guys hope to be back on the Plains this weekend to help finish off the class in style.

"I think it's real important for Auburn," Smith says. "The relationships we have off the field with the guys we are trying to bring in will help us in the long room if they come on board. Those bonds will carry over to the field."


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