New Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn is already familiar with current Tigers’ commitment Jason Smith (Mobile, Ala./McGill-Toolen). He tried to recruit the four-star athlete to Arkansas State when he was still the coach there, and the two have kept in touch since back when Malzahn was the AU offensive coordinator.
Now, Smith is excited about the opportunity to play for a coach he knows, mainly because of the offense Malzahn is bringing with him.
“All I can say is War Eagle,” Smith said. “I’m excited really, especially about the past offenses he has run. The offense he runs is successful. It was successful with Cam Newton. There aren’t too many Cam Newtons out there, but he made a big impact, running that offense and making plays that other people couldn’t make. The offense itself speaks for itself.”
Smith is a dynamic athlete who can play all over the field. He played quarterback in high school, and if possible, he wants to remain there at the next level. Malzahn’s offense gives him that chance.
“I think that I can do some things that I’m used to, running that offense,” Smith said. “It won’t be anything new for me.”
Although his commitment to Auburn is solid after the new hire, Smith plans to still take his official visits. He’s considering trips to Alabama, Houston, Mississippi State and Ole Miss. Both Alabama and Ole Miss came by his school on Tuesday.
This weekend, the in-state prospect is considering a visit to Auburn to meet with the new head coach. He’s also doing his part to try keep the current recruiting class together, starting with ESPN 150 linebacker Trey Johnson, who decommitted a week ago.
“I called him [yesterday] and left a voicemail,” Smith said. “I was just telling him that this is one of the biggest recruiting classes come in, and it can make an impact in the SEC. We can be a big part of that. I told him just to come back and join the Auburn family.”