Smith Focused On Future At Auburn

Auburn commitment Jason Smith talks about Big Cat Weekend, his junior college spring practice, and more.

For Auburn commitment Jason Smith, last weekend's Big Cat experience was nothing new. Already very familiar with the experience after going through it two summers ago, he said it was still a great weekend because of what it means and the experiences you have.

Making the visit along with his parents and two brothers, Smith said it felt good to be back at Auburn and see everyone once again.

"It was great like always," Smith said. "I have attended two of them now, but this one was more fun. We had a lot more events and more time to get to know the other guys too."

Saying that he's focused on taking care of business on and off the field at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College this year, Smith will have a chance to make a big impact for the Bulldogs this season at quarterback. Sitting out last season to focus on his academics, the former McGill-Toolen star said getting back on the field was big for him this spring.

"It went good," Smith said. "Me and my receivers definitely got better with the practices that we had. It showed in the spring game, too.

"I have a lot more knowledge of the game now," he added. "Studying film helps a lot and that's what I'm doing more at Gulf Coast with my head coach."

Capable of playing wide receiver in addition to quarterback, Smith said he's excited about getting a shot at the position when he gets to Auburn. After that it's anybody's guess what he willl be doing, but he said it's just a matter of making the most of his opportunity.

"We'll definitely see when I get there," Smith said. "I know nothing is going to be given to me from here on out. That's what I want. I want to work for everything I get."

Teammates last season with Auburn signees D'haquille Williams and Derrick Moncrief, Smith said it was good to see both of them when he made his trip to the Plains over the weekend. With both going through spring practice and getting a head start on their Auburn careers, he said both told him nothing but good things about their experience so far.

"They told me that they made the right decision and that Auburn was the best spot for them," Smith said. "They visited a lot of other places, but they said the love they get here is something they don't get anywhere else."

This season Smith will be teammates with another Auburn commitment, cornerback Tony Bridges, who also made the Big Cat trip. One of the top junior college players in the country at his position, the big defensive back is somebody Smith said Tiger fans will be excited about seeing in action when he gets on the Plains in the fall of 2015.

"He was excited," Smith said of Bridges' first Auburn visit last weekend. "I talked to him during the summer. He's a playmaker for real. His vertical is through the roof. He's an unbelievable athlete. He can do what he wants.

"He's a freak," he added. "He's like the Lebron of college football."


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