Arkansas Lineman Impressed by Big Cat Trip

Offensive line prospect Mitch Smothers discusses his recruiting trip to Auburn.

Springdale, Ark.--One of the most heavily recruited players in the state of Arkansas for the 2011 signee class, Mitch Smothers visited Auburn over the weekend for the Tigers' second annual Big Cat Weekend.

The 6-4, 290 pound offensive lineman from Springdale High School is rated a three-star by and notes the trip was his first to the Auburn campus. He says he likes what he saw.

"Everything was first class," Smothers says. "The campus was really nice. It's probably one of the nicest places I've been."

Big Cat Weekend is not a normal kind of unofficial recruiting visit, according to Smothers; "It was different," he says. "No other school does this. It was fun."

Commenting on what made it fun, he says, "Just the competitions that we did. We had a pie-eating contest, a watermelon contest, some other things like having to drop a penny into a shot-glass and a water bowl and we did karaoke."

The prospects were divided into teams for the competitions. The big lineman competed in the pie-eating contest and says that his whole team did karaoke together, singing a Beyonce song.

Smothers had heard about the family atmosphere surrounding the Auburn football program and he says that stood out on his visit. "Oh yeah...I could really tell what they were talking about."

As far as his recruitment goes, Smothers has many offers to choose from including Auburn, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State and South Carolina along with many others. Right now, Auburn is near the top of the list.

"They are really high up there," he says. "I'm just considering about three schools right now--Arkansas, Auburn and Alabama."

Smothers has spoken with Auburn's offensive line coach, Jeff Grimes, about the Tigers' depth chart and that could be a key factor in his decision-making process. "Well, they have four starting seniors this year and they are going to be losing a lot of guys so this class is going to be a really important line class," he notes. "It will definitely factor into my decision."

As for a timetable for his commitment, Smothers says he would like to have a decision made sooner rather than later. "It will probably be sometime during the summer," he notes. "Probably here pretty soon I'll try to make my decision. I've got enough information now. I'm just going to think about it and whatever feels right is what I'll do."

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