McGill-Toolen’s Jason Smith wants to play quarterback when he gets to Auburn next year, but he showed Saturday that an expected move to receiver would be fine, too.
Smith caught six passes for 134 yards, while McGill teammate Thomas Hamlin kicked three field goals, in Alabama’s 21-16 win in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic at Cramton Bowl.
“All I knew is if the ball came to me, I had to catch it,” Smith said. “If it was a running play, I had to block. I just had to do my assignments for my team to be successful.”
Smith, who last played receiver two years ago, mixed in a highlight one-handed catch, too. He ran for almost 900 yards threw for more than 1,500 this season.
“Jason Smith is amazing,” said Alabama quarterback Jeremy Johnson of G.W. Carver, who is also an Auburn commitment.
“If he wants a shot at quarterback, I say give him a chance,” Johnson said. “He can line up in the Wildcat, and he can throw it. He has all the tools. Just let him play.”
Smith and Johnson were roommates this week and got a headstart on being Auburn teammates. (Both joked that the other’s snoring is deafening.)
Johnson completed two passes to Smith. Spain Park’s Nick Mullens, who finished 8-of-12 for 156 yards, had the other four. Johnson was 4-of-10 for 75 yards and an interception.
“Jason has to be the silliest person I’ve been around in my life,” Johnson said. Said Smith of Johnson: “He’s a great guy.”
Smith said fully adjusting to receiver won’t be an issue. He was a receiver at McGill-Toolen as a sophomore before moving to quarterback. McGill was a combined 22-3 over the last two years.
“He’s been a great teammate of mine,” Hamlin said. “He deserves it more than anybody. We wouldn’t have won without him.”
Smith was Alabama’s most valuable player ahead of Hamlin, who kicked second-quarter field goals of 30, 35 and 51 yards. The 51-yarder was a career long.
“I call him Mr. Clutch,” Smith said. “He has a golden foot.”
Hamlin, who was short on a 52-yarder in the third quarter, said he’s heard little from colleges. He said Samford has talked to him, but has not offered, and he hopes Saturday’s performance helps draw interest.
“I would like to play college football, if given the chance,” Hamlin said. “I hope somebody takes a chance on me. I won’t disappoint them.”