Smith picks the Tigers

MOBILE, Ala. -- Auburn won another key in-state recruiting battle Monday morning.

Four-star athlete Jason Smith announced his commitment to the Tigers during a press conference at McGill-Toolen High School in Mobile, Ala. He chose Auburn over offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Memphis, Arkansas State, Tulane, Troy and UAB.

“I committed to Auburn,” Smith said. “I just felt at home and my mom and dad and my whole family enjoyed coming up and visiting.

“...I wanted to hurry up and make my decision so I could focus more on my upcoming senior season and focus on the team.”

Smith, who is rated the nation’s No. 19 athlete and No. 222 overall prospect by 247Sports, is being recruited by Auburn as a quarterback but is versatile enough to play wide receiver or defensive back in college.

He threw for 1,307 yards and rushed for 740 leading McGill to an 11-2 record as a junior.

Smith is Auburn’s 15th commitment for the 2013 class and sixth from the state of Alabama joining 4-star defensive lineman Dee Liner from Muscle Shoals High, 4-star quarterback Jeremy Johnson from Carver in Montgomery, 4-star wide receiver Earnest Robinson from Pinson Valley High, 4-star linebacker Cameron Toney from Huntsville High and 3-star cornerback Kamryn Melton from Dothan High.

Smith has visited Auburn four times this year including Big Cat Weekend at the end of May and a senior camp in June. He was recruited by Auburn assistant coach Tommy Thigpen.

***Stay tuned to for much more from Smith’s commitment to Auburn.

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