Smith turns recruiter for L'ville

DaMarcus Smith, the first 2011 prospect to commit to Louisville, has turned into a recruiter for the Cardinals. Saturday, Smith worked two key offensive prospects for Louisville - three-star wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley and four-star tight end A.C. Leonard.

DaMarcus Smith, the first 2011 prospect to commit to Louisville, has turned into one of the Cardinals best recruiters.

One of the top quarterback prospects in the country, Smith spent Saturday working on two of Charlie Strong's top remaining offensive prospects – three-star Georgia wide receiver commit Justin Scott-Wesley and 4-star Florida tight end commitment A.C. Leonard. Scott-Wesley and Leonard made official visits to Louisville this weekend.

"I got to talk to Justin Scott and A.C. Leonard and told them about the school and city and just tried to make the best impression I could about our university," Smith said. "They were both pretty impressed and didn't think the facilities were going to be as good as they were. So that was a big plus.

"I know we're very high on their list. I think we have a good chance. One of the things I let those guys know is in order for us to really change this program we've got to get players like them."

Louisville needs help on offense, that was clear after another sub-par performance in a 17-10 loss to West Virginia. The Cardinals only gained 171 total yards and didn't score an offensive touchdown against the Mountaineers. Smith, who could start at quarterback next season in offensive coordinator Mike Sanford's spread offense, is trying to surround himself with other talented weapons.

"We [Sanford] talk after almost every game about game planning and he lets me know about the offense we're going to run next year," Smith said. "The spread offense is going to be based around the quarterback and he knows I can spread the ball around and make plays with my feet."

Smith plans to graduate early from high school and hopes to enroll at Louisville in January, in time for winter workouts and spring practice. Still, Smith has work to do to make it happen.

"It's still up in the [air] right now, it's not 100 percent," Smith said. "It's still a good chance. As of right now we're waiting for the NCAA to clear me to go to [another] school that I've already applied to. If I can do that it will be a 100 percent then."

Smith is also considering taking official visits to Oregon and Illinois. "I'm waiting to see if I get to graduate early," Smith said. "If I graduate early it pretty much cancels those visits out."


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