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Ex-Auburn signee/current AU verbal arrested on drug charges

Jason Smith

Jason Smith‘s road back to The Plains appears to have hit a rather significant speed bump.

Multiple media outlets are reporting that the JUCO quarterback was arrested very early Sunday morning on multiple charges.  Those charges include possession of marijuana and two counts of attempting to elude the police.

Smith signed with Auburn in February of 2013, but failed to qualify academically.  He verbally recommitted to the Tigers earlier this year and was expected to once again sign with AU this December.

It’s unclear what if any impact this will have on those plans.

Despite taking a redshirt at Mississippi Gulf Coast College for the 2013 season, Smith is rated as one of the top JUCO prospects for the 2015 recruiting cycle.  Coming out of high school in Mobile, Ala., Smith was rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com.

That same recruiting service lists Smith as one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the JUCO ranks.

(Photo credit: Rivals.com)

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14 Responses to “Ex-Auburn signee/current AU verbal arrested on drug charges”
  1. mauldawg says: Mar 31, 2014 1:48 PM

    How can it be unclear if the chargers will have any impact. How can this thug play football anywhere but on the prison team. I hope AU has enough pride to cut this thugs offer.

  2. rolltide510 says: Mar 31, 2014 1:51 PM

    I’d love to make a snide remark here but sadly auburn’s track record with JUCO QBs with a rap sheet speaks for itself.

  3. raysfan1 says: Mar 31, 2014 2:05 PM

    Possession of marijuana and attempting to elude police =/= “thug.”

    “Idiot” applies though.

  4. imaduffer says: Mar 31, 2014 3:01 PM

    I know people in their 60’s and 70’s that smoke pot. Some of them tend to their gardens, some volunteer at the local Senior Center, some sit around reading books. But, not one of them would I consider “thugs”. Maybe mauldawg was thinking of another word to describe this young man.

  5. woebegong says: Mar 31, 2014 3:34 PM

    This is a rather unique situation for Auburn. Usually, they take the misfits that have been kicked off another team for theft and such, such as their starting QB, Cam Newton etc. Now they actually signed one and then he committed a crime while being part of an incoming class.

  6. mauldawg says: Mar 31, 2014 3:49 PM

    No Thug is the correct word. Fleeing from the Police in most states is a Felony.

  7. chiadam says: Mar 31, 2014 5:09 PM

    SEC! SEC! SEC! SEC!

  8. raysfan1 says: Mar 31, 2014 5:10 PM

    Not to be pedantic, but no “thug” is not the right word.
    Definition of thug from dictionary.com:
    noun
    1. a cruel or vicious ruffian, robber, or murderer.
    2. one of a former group of professional robbers and murderers in India who strangled their victims.

    I’ve no sympathy for him. He’s (allegedly) an idiot/felon. He has not, however, been charged with a violent crime.

  9. ebrownwareagle says: Mar 31, 2014 5:39 PM

    Or In terms of “AMERICANS” THUG = Politically Correct use of the “N word”!!

  10. Professor Fate says: Mar 31, 2014 5:55 PM

    Sometimes it’s worth the frustration to actually follow politics. Why aren’t the players who like to smoke pot signing with schools in Colorado or Washington? No reason to run from the cops if you are doing something that is legal.

  11. normtide says: Mar 31, 2014 7:22 PM

    I’m not sure this is so bad. Smoking weed is illegal, but shouldn’t be. Alas, if your smoking weed, you’ll probably try to not let the police catch you with it. Personally, I don’t see it as a reason to write a kid off. Keep a close eye on him, hold him to a strict standard. But don’t let this ruin his life.

    Professor, technically the NCAA bans the user of put by athletes. However, I see the point of not having to run from the police because of it. Strangely, there isn’t a “Great Race” by recruits to either of those states. Truthfully though, if being able to smoke pot decides where your going to play football, your probably not taking the game serious enough to contribute at the power programs. There is a steady line of great hs players that make football their life.

  12. woebegong says: Mar 31, 2014 9:01 PM

    Look at the police blotter on this page. I think you will find that quite a few conferences are listed on it. It is far from an SEC problem alone.

  13. gatiger says: Apr 1, 2014 10:06 AM

    If you can’t obey the rules of society, whether they are major or minor, I think the chances of following team rules are not likely.

    Regardless of his ability, if he is guilty, I’m hoping he is not part of the Auburn program.

    For whoever was chanting SEC, just remember these are the same kids your program was recruiting…they just chose a different school.

    My only waffle on the subject is what happens to this young man (not thug, not the N word)…young man, if he does not have the structure of athletics.

    I hope he gets things straightened out and his priorities focused quickly

  14. normtide says: Apr 1, 2014 12:48 PM

    Gatiger- I understand with your point. But mine is, what if he isn’t a problem kid. Maybe he is a kid that has made one mistake. That’s why I say keep a tight leash on him. I just hate to see one mistake end what will probably be the best opportunity this kid will get. Make him earn it back, but give him half a chance. Just my opinion.

    I’m by no means an Auburn fan. I am a fan of kids learning and becoming young men. Because sometimes our biggest mistakes bring out the best in us. I also try not to let my football allegiances dictate my morals and views, nor let it make me an idiot. I say try because I sometimes still let myself fall into that trap. Either way, I hope your the best for this young man.

    As for the sec thing. I posted on a sexual battery story, concerning a big 12 team. I stated there was only four people posting on it, will an SEC player gets caught with weed and the comments section explodes. It plays to my prior statement about morals and views.

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