Smith Fired Up About Future With The Tigers

Auburn signee Jason Smith discusses getting ready to start his career with the Tigers.

Mobile, Ala.—This is time of the year that can be tough for high school seniors as they prepare for life in college or life after school. Sometimes that means thoughts of the beach on the mind, but not for Auburn football signee Jason Smith.

A very good student at McGill-Toolen in Mobile, Smith is getting ready to begin his career with the Tigers on the football field and for him that means extra workouts in the weight room and more time spent on getting ready to compete at quarterback this fall.

"It's a grind," Smith says. "I'm working out and trying to get to the level of the current guys on the team. It's going to be a big transition from high school to college, but I'm ready to make that move."

While fellow signees Nick Marshall and Jeremy Johnson have gotten a lot of talk about their chances of coming in and playing immediately, not many are giving Smith a chance to earn the starting job. A talented quarterback in his own right and with the ability to be a very dangerous runner at the position, he says for him it's all motivation at the moment.

"I love it," Smith says. "I take that and I put it in the back of my mind when I'm working. The job isn't going to be given to anybody and you're going to have to work for it. That's what I'm going to try to do is outwork them."

The good news for Auburn and Smith is that if he's unable to make an impact at quarterback then he could jump right in at wide receiver and help the Tigers. Playing the position in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic last December, Smith earned MVP honors after catching six passes for 134 yards. He says he's just ready to compete and help get Auburn back to a championship level.

"My biggest thing was playing football," Smith says. "My job is to get to Auburn and compete for playing time. I want to help out the team any way I can."

Getting ready to play for Gus Malzahn and Rhett Lashlee in Auburn's up-tempo offense, Smith notes that he's been talking to the staff to get ready for next season. Sensing the excitement from the program and fanbase while on campus for the A-Day game, Smith says he's just fired up about the future on the Plains.

"It has been a great process," Smith says. "We have remained in contact with each other. They are just as fired up as me. I'm ready to put on that orange and blue."

Smith is scheduled to start classes at Auburn for the second summer session on June 24.

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