Recruit Likes Auburn's New Offense

A football recruit comments on Auburn's switch to the spread formation.

Pace, Fla.--Tight end Vance Smith, who was on the Auburn campus for an official visit this weekend, says he can sense a lot of "excitement" among AU's football players over the Tigers' new offensive system.

Head coach Tommy Tuberville hired Tony Franklin as offensive coordinator to take over for Al Borges prior to the bowl game as Auburn defeated Clemson 23-20. During bowl practice, the Tigers switched from the West Coast Offense to Franklin's version of the spread, which has a history of featuring the tight ends as receivers.

"It's exciting to me because I didn't get a chance to catch a lot of passes in high school," says Smith, who played in a system that was heavily run-oriented at Pace High School.

"I didn't really get to talk to Coach Franklin about the new offense, but I talked to some of the players about it and I know they are really excited about it," the tight end adds.

Smith, who verbally committed to the Tigers at last spring's A-Day Game, notes he still feels good about his decision to play for Auburn, his childhood favorite team.

Tommy Trott, a tight end, was his player host for the official visit. "It went well," Smith says. "I had a lot of fun. When we got here we went out to eat with the players and hung out with them on Friday night.

"On Saturday we went on a tour of campus and did a lot of academic stuff," he notes. "We went in the locker room and they had our jerseys with our numbers on them. We put them on before we left the locker room. That was pretty cool."

Smith, who notes that he is making A's and B's in high school, met with academic officials in the college of liberal arts on his visit.

Currently standing six-foot-four and weighing 245 pounds, he is playing basketball for Pace High. "After that I am going to run track and work out and stay in shape." He is expected to be on campus early this summer to get a head start on the 2008 Auburn season.

Click here for the full list of official visitors. Below is a list of other recruits to talk with Inside the Auburn Tigers about their visits this weekend. Click on their names for the reports.

Philip Pierre-Louis
Christian Thompson
Jarmon Fortson
Freddie Smooth
LaRon Byrd
Jomarcus Savage
Eric Smith
Robert Quinn
Burton Scott
William Green
Reggie Hunt
Drew Cole
Marcus Jemison


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