The recruiting momentum is picking up for the University of Louisville football program in the Class of 2015.
The Cardinals have landed commitment No. 16 on Tuesday morning with the addition of Madison, Miss., Central High School three-star athlete Trey Smith.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Smith is the son of former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Jimmy Smith and has played both running back and quarterback in high school.
Smith, whose name is Jimmy Lee Smith III, has offers from Mississippi State, Memphis, Troy, Texas State and Arkansas State and has also been getting serious interest from Arizona and Mississippi.
The younger Smith said in a recent interview with Scout.com that his father’s relationship with U of L coach Bobby Petrino and offensive coordinator Garrick McGee have been big in his recruitment.
Petrino was the Jacksonville Jaguars quarterbacks coach in 1999 and 2000 and offensive coordinator in 2001 when Smith was an All-Pro with the team. McGee was also on the staff and current U of L coaches Lamar Thomas and Terell Buckley were both in the NFL at the same time as the elder Smith.
A former teammate of the younger Smith at Madison Central – Jimmie Terry – is a freshman offensive lineman at U of L.
Originally Trey is from the Dallas area in Texas. After the playing days of the elder Smith, the family settled down in his hometown of Jackson, Mississippi and that's how Trey was transplanted to the south.
As a junior, Smith ran 237 times for 1,473 yards and 12 touchdowns.