Busy 2013 Football Prospect Discusses Tigers

Talented prospect Jason Smith talks about his busy year, recruiting and Auburn's Big Cat Weekend.

Mobile, Ala.—Not many high profile recruits have been as busy the last 12 months as McGill-Toolen quarterback Jason Smith. Putting together a huge junior year for the Yellow Jackets on the gridiron, he moved to basketball and then ran track this spring as well. Now he's back on the field for spring football and says so far things have been going well.

"It has been busy and tiring, too," Smith tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Going through three sports straight without any rest is tough and it's a lot of work, but I know I'm going to be successful in the end because of the work I'm putting in. I'm going to let things play out and just keep working hard."

Currently holding offers from Auburn, Alabama, Ole Miss, South Alabama, Troy, UAB, and most recently from Arkansas, Smith's recruiting has taken off since last season's stellar play. Accounting for more than 2,000 total yards and 20 touchdowns as a quarterback and adding a kickoff return for a touchdown on his only opportunity, he helped his team to an 11-2 record in 2011 and the offers have continued to roll in.

"I'm very excited," Smith said. "I'm just shell-shocked. I know I have worked hard in the past and my mom and dad just told me it would pay off one day. My dream is starting to become true."

With visits already this spring from top schools all over the country including Oregon and USC from the West Coast, Smith said he's excited about the attention he's been getting and is looking forward to another visitor this week.

Finishing up spring practice this week, Smith said he's expecting to see Auburn offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Scot Loeffler. Building a stronger relationship with the first-year coach, Smith said there is a lot to like about "lefty" and the Tigers.

"Everything is going all right with Auburn," Smith said. "I'm coming up to Big Cat Weekend on the 26th with my teammate Carl Lee. It's great. I didn't grow up an Auburn or Alabama fan, I grew up playing baseball. Knowing that big rivalry and living in Mobile you just have to pick a side. It's coming down to that pick, getting closer and closer every day.

"I'm liking what Coach (Scot) Loeffler is doing with the offense," he added. "He said he would put me in a position that I could showcase my talents and perform to the best of my ability."

Smith and his teammates will finish spring practice with a scrimmage Friday night.

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