Auburn football: Tigers gathering more information before deciding Jason Smith's status

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comApril 1, 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.

COURTESY MOBILE COUNTY (ALA.) SHERIFF'S OFFICE

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn isn't rushing to make a decision on Jason Smith's status with the program.

A verbal commit for the Tigers' 2015 recruiting class, Smith was arrested early Sunday morning by the Mobile County Sheriff's Office and charged with second-degree possession of marijuana and two counts of attempting to elude police. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn was asked about Smith's future following the team's practice on Tuesday.

"We'll see," he said. "We'll see the facts and we'll deal with it like we would anything else."

Smith was set to join the Tigers as part of their 2013 recruiting class. However, he didn't qualify academically and instead enrolled at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. In February, he reaffirmed his commitment to Auburn. After redshirting at MGCCC last year, he was expected to compete for the starting quarterback job this fall and planned to enroll at Auburn in the the spring of 2015.

Whether he ever joins the Tigers is now uncertain.

Still, his talent speaks for itself. Smith is ranked as the No. 6 overall player in the junior college ranks and the No. 1 athlete. Smith starred at McGill-Toolen High School in Mobile, Ala., leading the school to a 22-3 overall record in his final two years while starting at quarterback. In his senior campaign, he threw for 1,566 yards and 19 touchdowns and tacked on 867 yards and 14 more scores on the ground. He showed off his versatility at the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game in 2012, when he shifted to receiver; the moved paid off, as he was named the most valuable player after catching five for 134 yards.

Along with MGCCC teammate Tony Bridges — a consensus four-star cornerback — Auburn has five verbal commitments for its 2015 class.

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