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Auburn’s Gus Malzahn reviewing arrest of top football recruit

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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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