Gus Malzahn and the Auburn Tigers had a big get on Wednesday, when No. 9 offensive guard Braden Smith chose to commit to Auburn on National Signing Day. Smith was the No. 127 ranked player in the ESPN 300.
The Olathe, Kansas product is an athletic offensive lineman that can play on the outside at tackle or bounce inside to guard.
His best fit may be on the interior of the offensive line, but his versatility makes him a valuable addition. Smith will just need to bulk up from his 285-pound frame to handle the defensive players that he will be facing in the SEC.
Of course, his strength hasn’t appeared to be an issue so far.
Smith said that the style of offense, which is similar to his scheme at Olathe South High School, and the opportunity to fill in for Greg Robinson and start from day one was a big factor for his decision to pick the Tigers.