Auburn football: 2015 verbal commit Jason Smith arrested on drug charges

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 30, 2014 

Jason Smith, a verbal commitment for Auburn's 2015 recruiting class, was arrested on Sunday and charged with second-degree possession of marijuana as well as two counts of attempting to elude police.


AUBURN, Ala. — A verbal commit for Auburn's 2015 recruiting class was arrested Sunday.

Jason Smith, considered a four-star prospect by every major recruiting service, was arrested by the Mobile County (Ala.) Sheriff's Office and charged with second-degree possession of marijuana as well as two counts of attempting to elude police. According to Simone Eli of Fox 10 in Mobile, who first reported the news, Smith was arrested at approximately 3 a.m. Sunday morning.

The sheriff's office was not able to reached for comment Sunday evening.

He was originally part of the Tigers' 2013 recruiting class, signing as a quarterback out of McGill-Toolen High School. He never made it to Auburn, however, as he failed to qualify academically. He then enrolled at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston, Miss., though he did not play last season. In January, he told he always planned to redshirt in 2013, start at quarterback in 2014 and enroll in Auburn in spring 2015. At MGCCC, he joined a team with a pair of players who enrolled at Auburn this semester — receiver D'haquille Williams and safety Derrick Moncrief — as well as another member of Auburn's 2015 class in cornerback Tony Bridges.

Smith established himself as one of the top players in the state of Alabama during his time at McGill-Toolen. As a senior, he threw for 1,566 yards and 19 touchdowns and added 867 yards and 14 more scores on the ground. In the final two years of his high school career, he led the Yellow Jackets to a 22-3 overall record. At the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game, Smith moved to receiver and was named the most valuable player after hauling in five receptions for 134 yards.

This marks the second Tiger pledge arrested this offseason. In February, Class of 2014 signee Kalvaraz Bessent was arrested on a pair of felony drug charges. The charges were later dropped and Auburn coach Gus Malzahn confirmed the four-star cornerback will join the Tigers later this year; however, Malzahn said Bessent will be on "probationary status."

Smith is one of five verbal commitments the Tigers have for their 2015 recruiting haul.

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