Smith at UofL next week? QB meeting with CCS

DaMarcus Smith hopes to enroll at Louisville next week. Smith has a qualifying ACT test score. Now, he needs NCAA Clearinghouse approval to join Charlie Strong's program for the spring semester. Smith will meet with the UofL coach Tuesday and gave the scoop on his 'status' Monday.

If everything goes his way this week, DaMarcus Smith will enroll at Louisville next week.

Smith received a qualifying ACT score over the holiday break, and will submit his application to enroll early at UofL to the NCAA Clearinghouse later this week. If Smith receives a favorable ruling from the clearinghouse he'll start classes on the Belknap campus next week.

"It's looking good right now," Smith told "I'm on schedule with everything and I've done everything I'm required to do. The good news is I finally got my qualifying score on the ACT over the winter break.

"From my understanding right now, I'm not 100 percent sure, I just have to complete this senior English class and get an A or B on that and I should be cleared. We're going to turn everything in this weekend to the NCAA Clearinghouse and I should have my answer no later than Monday."

DaMarcus Smith hopes to get quick approval from the NCAA Clearinghouse in order to enroll at Louisville next week.
If all goes well, Smith would enroll at Louisville next week, which would afford him the opportunity to participate in spring practice for Charlie Strong's Cardinals. Classes for the spring semester begin Jan. 10 at Louisville.

"We're going to get everything expedited and they will be able to give me the results pretty quick," Smith said. "My GPA and test scores are good. I need them to give me credit and approve the classes I took at Ahrens. Ahrens told me they are an accredited school and they have kids that go to college every year. They're confident they're an accredited school."

Smith, who dropped out of Seneca after the football season to complete his high school coursework at an ‘alternative' school, will meet with Strong and an academic advisor Tuesday to discuss the process of enrolling early at UofL.

"They'll give me good case and bad case scenarios," said Smith. "The worst case scenario is that I miss the spring, but with my qualifying ACT score I'll definitely be there this summer. I'm still planning on being there early. Pray for me and hope everything turns out good."

If Smith can enroll early, he'll be Louisville's second high school quarterback sensation to do so. Five-star Miami quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is also expected to enroll at Louisville next week. Bridgewater will play in the U.S. Army All-American game this Saturday in San Antonio.

Smith, who competed against Bridgewater last summer at the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp in California, says he's looking forward to competing against Bridgewater, the No. 3-ranked quarterback prospect in the nation, for the starting quarterback position.

"I think it's going to fun," Smith said. "I think it will be fun for the fans to watch and it's going to be a fun experience for me to get out here and just compete. It's not going to be as easy for me if he wasn't coming, but it will give me a chance to show the coaches and myself how I can really do. I competed against him at the Elite 11 and this will be another test for me."

Smith says he and Bridgewater have a good relationship.

"We're pretty cool, we're pretty straight," Smith said. "We'll be even closer now that we're playing together. We shared a lot of conversations at the Elite 11, so we're pretty cool."

Smith, rated the 17th-best QB prospect nationally, completed 50 percent of his passes for 3,105 yards and 30 touchdowns, with just nine INT's in more than 350 pass attempts as a senior.

"I've put a lot of my focus on the mental part of the game [during the off-season]," Smith said. "I know I have the physical tools. I can make every pass and be accurate. I just want to get stronger with the mental aspect of being a quarterback – reading defenses, coverages.

"When I get to UofL, I'm not going to try to out-show anybody with my arm. I want to be a student of the game, and be the smartest [quarterback]. I think that will be enough to win the battle. This is my city and I really take pride in that. This is going to be a fun competition."

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