Smith hoping to enroll early at UofL

DaMarcus Smith had an opportunity to visit top-ranked Alabama over the weekend for the Crimson Tides game against Florida, but decided to stay home to catch up on school work that could help him graduate early from Seneca so that he can enroll at Louisville in January.

DaMarcus Smith had an opportunity to visit top-ranked Alabama over the weekend for the Crimson Tides game against Florida, but decided to stay home to catch up on school work that could help him graduate early from Seneca so that he can enroll at Louisville in January.

"I was supposed to but I had other things planned," Smith told InsideTheVille.com. "I really haven't been trying to go to any games this year. I've been staying focused and just took the time to stay home and finish my "E" school, that's what's going to get me to graduate early. I just felt like that was a lot more important."

The goal is clear for Smith. The 6-1, 190-pound three-star quarterback plans to graduate in December from Seneca so that he can enroll at UofL in January. If Smith can enroll at UofL in January, he'd be able to participate in Louisville's off-season conditioning program under the direction of strength coach Pat Moorer and take part in spring drills for the Cardinals. That would allow him to get a jump start on winning the starting quarterback job for next season after current starting QB Adam Froman graduates.


DaMarcus Smith and Seneca have a big game Friday against top-ranked Trinity.
"I'm working my butt off to do it and the possibility is really high for that happening," Smith said. "Everything I need to do to graduate early is in my hands. It's going to be up to time and whether or not I can get this work all done."

Smith, who only needs one class to graduate from high school, is retaking a couple classes online to boost his core grade point average in order to meet NCAA academic requirements.

"That's what I do every day," Smith said. "I work on it Monday through Friday, and at school during my free period because I don't have all five classes because I have all my credits."

This season, Smith has comeback strong from a knee injury that cost him his junior season. He's thrown for 19 touchdowns so far this season to lead his team to a 5-2 record, including a 56-17 win over Butler last week.

"I'm not putting up the sensational stats that I had my sophomore year, but I'm at the point now where it's all about wins and losses," Smith said. "I'm just trying to go out here and win every game. We're doing better than we ever have since I've been at Seneca. This is the best season we've had so far."

What does Smith attribute Seneca's success to this season?

"I just think it's a whole team effort," Smith said. "We've never really had senior leadership and now we do and we're all on the same page where we want to go. We want to win every game and win a state championship."

Despite his status as one of the best players in Kentucky, Smith still feels like he has something to prove.

"I play every game with a chip on my shoulder shoulder like I've got to prove myself," Smith said. "I'm a lot more mature as a quarterback now. It's not all about stats. All I want to do is win."

Smith is also hoping two of his teammates get a chance to join him at Louisville in the future. Michael Fluellen, a 6-5 senior wide receiver, and Tyrone Pearson, a promising junior defensive lineman, are both on Louisville's radar. Fluellen, who also missed his junior season with a knee injury, has made a name for himself this season as Smith's go-to receiver.

"They both love Louisville," Smith said. "They want to commit as soon as they get put in a position where they can. I've been recruiting them and making sure they've got UofL on their minds. Michael is having a lot of success this season and a lot of [colleges] have come to school and showed interest lately. I just hope he's fortunate enough to get a scholarship to UofL."

Smith and his teammates are preparing for a big game this week against No. 1-ranked Trinity. Seneca will host the Shamrocks, which demolished rival St. Xavier Friday at PJCS, this Friday night.


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