- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
Four-star athlete Jason Smith (Mobile, Ala./McGill-Toolen) committed to Auburn in July, but had been preparing for the worst as rumors became reality Sunday with the firing of Tigers head coach Gene Chizik.
“I liked the coaches and everything, and I’m always going to love Auburn. I’m looking forward to see who’s going to be the new head coach. I just want to see who the next coach is and if he’s going to run a similar offense. If it’s anything that fits around me, I’m going to stick with it.”
In the meantime, Smith says he’s still hearing from Alabama, Arkansas, Arkansas State, Houston, Mississippi State and Ole Miss. Over the weekend, he took an unofficial visit to Alabama as the Crimson Tide took on Auburn in the Iron Bowl.
“The atmosphere was crazy,” Smith said. “Whenever you come to a big rivalry game like that, it’s going to be packed out, and the excitement of that game is crazy. It was great. I liked it.”
Listed as an athlete, Smith played quarterback in high school. He’d like to stick there at the next level if possible, and the UA coaching staff said they would try and make that happen if he chooses the Tide.
“They were just telling me they were excited to see me,” Smith said. “I talked to Coach [Nick] Saban, and he told me he has a package for me if I end up coming there at the quarterback spot.”
Smith plans to return to Tuscaloosa for an official visit. He also wants to take official visits to some of the other schools who are still recruiting him.
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