Posted: 1:16 pm Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Auburn’s Gus Malzahn reviewing arrest of top football recruit 

By Michael Carvell

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn told reporters on Tuesday that he is still reviewing the circumstances of an Auburn football recruit who was arrested on drug charges and for fleeing police last weekend.

“We’ll see the facts and we’ll deal with it like anything else,” Malzahn said.

Jason Smith is a 4-star athlete from Mobile, Ala., who originally signed with Auburn last year but failed to qualify. He enrolled at Mississippi Gulf Coast junior college, where he is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 athlete out of junior and projected to be Gulf Coast’s starting quarterback in the fall. Smith is also one of Auburn’s top commitments for its 2015 recruiting class.

On Sunday, Smith was charged with two counts of attempting to elude police, as well as possession of marijuana, according to oanow.com.

Last month, one of Auburn’s top signees from this year had a brush with the law. Kalvaraz Bessent, an All-America defensive back from Camden County High School, was arrested and charged with two felony drug charges after a February traffic stop. Bessent later had his charges dropped.

After reviewing the situation for more than a month, Malzahn decided to give Bessent a second chance, permitting him to join the team “on probationary status.”

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57 comments
Princess_Leia
Princess_Leia

This punk would feel right at home in Athens.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

who cares ??...Auburn's bidness...go dogs 

The Truth
The Truth

Now I get the GusBus as the auburn fans call it. Gus drives the prison bus to pick up his players and other schools outcast. I get it now makes sense for that University.

sportsnut
sportsnut

Hey Gusbus, first of all, SHUT UP !!, now, that iI have your attention. Richt is punishing the players, right now, he is doing it internally and when HE feels the time is right so you will know other punishment will be handed down.

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

auburn has worked very hard to be ranked 3rd all time on probation in ncaa history he will probly be forced to sit the second half of the samford game and that will make me want to throw up.

SLR
SLR

You ain't foolin nobody Malzahn. Auburn's legacy of taking anybody with any kind of personal, behavioral, or criminal behavior is well established. This school has lost its moral integrity.

FGT
FGT

gt students play bingo for fun.

FGT
FGT

Neither will miss one min.

gt has got to be the most dangerous campus in the world.

RandyHall
RandyHall

Will Auburn play for the Championship in the next "Longest Yard" movie...something to think about?? 

ZBIRD
ZBIRD

Jealousy breeds contempt.

reallygroovy
reallygroovy

YOU SEE AUBURN , IS STARTING TO LOOK LIKE  SAN QUENTIN ALL THESE PLAYERS , AND DRUGS ANSD MALZAN LETS THEM PLAY BUT THE GREAT CHRISTAIN MAN  MR . MARK RICHT MAKES THEM LEAVE THE TEAM GO ANYWHERE JUST LEAVE UGA  NOW THE STORY HERE IS AUBURN REACHED THE NC LAST YEAR  AND GEORGIA HASN'T BEEN TO ONE IN  34 YEARS COACH RICHT MAYBE YOU NEED TO FOLLOW AUBURN AND ALABAMA'S   THINKING.

TheOldGuy
TheOldGuy

He sounds like Auburn material to me. Was he released from another college before signing with Auburn?


Did you hear about the 7 convicts that escaped from the Mississippi State Penitentiary? Two were captured in Arkansas and two were captured in Louisiana and thee were signed by Auburn.

Hopsing
Hopsing

Hey bulldog fans that want to pile on...Orson Charles says hello!

Charlestondog
Charlestondog

This is pretty sad for Auburn.  A good academic school but will take any player as long as he helps the football team win.  We call that:  no integrity. 

DrPhill
DrPhill

Petrino will take him.

Armydawg
Armydawg

Nothing to see here, he will fit in well at Jailhouse U.

Gopher86
Gopher86

Rather ironic Auburns uniforms have "County" Orange in there color scheme.

TampGator1
TampGator1

.......and maybe the JUCO player will sign with Georgia instead, play QB, and lead them to their first NC game since the 1980s. 

TampGator1
TampGator1

Bammer folks rubbing it in.   Just last year, four very good Bammer players committed felonies, so come on down from your mighty high Bammer pulpit just a little bit, please.    

ScoreCheck
ScoreCheck

Come on man!!!   This is "The Barn" we are talking about.  Clear him, Enroll him & let him suit up & play.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

Why is Malzahn wasting his time. All he is going to do is ask Dye , Board Members or other Power Players what to do.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Woe Eagle.......Gus must have a law degree by now. He handled Mike Dyer and his gun situation very well. Played him the entire year and then took him with him to Arkie Lite. You good folks might no know that the night of the 4 trailer robbers the gun used belonged to Dyer. The police undersood that same night as well as the barn complex. Just win baby.

FireSomebody
FireSomebody

Isn't this a prerequisite to be the starting QB at Auburn?  Kid just got named starter-in-waiting.

te29wr
te29wr

The charges will be dropped and AU will give him a second chance if he steal something

GetontheGusBus
GetontheGusBus

@sportsnut nut head, O yeah running laps that will take care of it. O yeah you scare me with your tough words!!!! Dufus!!!! Marshall got kicked out for stealing but these guys get a pass. WTF!!! 

GetontheGusBus
GetontheGusBus

@MoistDawg So UGA has players stealing money and missed no practice time but that is ok!!!!! Get a life dryed up dawg!!!!!!

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@SLR  If those who have behavior problems are allowed to continue to play by the NCAA they have to go somewhere. If you dont allow them to play on your team then you have to find a way to beat them, and quit bit*hing about it Thus the old saying, if you cant beat em,join em.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@FGT Only when we have a home game against UGA.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@reallygroovy


There is "T H I N K I N G " at Barn(aka Auburn)  and   Bammy(aka Alabama) ?????????????????


Who would have guessed??????????????

Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

@really,

I hope you are kidding. Please don't tell me that winning a NC at any cost would make you happy. I'd rather have a classy coach who hasn't won the big game vs. a classless coach and program that wins championships.

GetontheGusBus
GetontheGusBus

@TheOldGuy Did you hear about UGA? They are going to be preseason champs again!!!! Wow...UGA just gets players busted for STEALING and no suspensions. UGA fans livin in a dream world!!!!!!

Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

He hasn't been convicted of any wrongdoing......so please shut the heck up until the case is resolved.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@Hopsing  Orson Charles hasn't been at UGA for 3 years. Who cares...he's his own man now. Thats like picking at UGA for Buck Belue getting arrested. 

The Truth
The Truth

So does Robert Baker! Come Gus we all know nothing's going to happen! Auburn win at all cost! First Cam then Nick and now Jason Smith

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@TampGator1


I see all your postings nowadays is about other teams!!!!!!!!!!!


Y'all been able to get Georgia Southern off y'alls  schedule yet????????

thebucket
thebucket

@TampGator1 Yeah cause UGA has a long history of taking players that have been kicked out of other SEC schools. (Eye roll)

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@TampGator1  Maybe Tebow will suit up for the Gators  and make you relevant in the SEC again. Losing to Georgia southern. Pathetic. 

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Scam Newton...'that's not my laptop nor is that my school work"

Nick Marshall..."that's not my wallet"

Bessent.."that's not my dope"

Smith.."that's not my dope ..either"

good ole auburn

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@The Truth


And don't rule out Josh Harvey-Clemons. He be needin a new place to light up!!!!!!!!!!!!

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie


Josh H-C  may not meet all the requirements.  He only guilty of smokin weed.  Alabama ain't really knowed for growin weed so maybe be headed fo L'ville where weed be a little mo cheaper!!!!!!!!!!!