Four Smith's are better than one, at least Louisville coach Bobby Petrino hopes that's the case.
The U of L signing class in 2015 included four players with the last name of Smith - all unrelated. And all three players are expected to compete for playing time as true freshmen.
Dee Smith is a safety and was tabbed as the No. 11 safety in the country by Scout.com, while Jaylen Smith is a wide receiver and Trey Smith comes in termed an athlete but will likely start out at wide receiver. Junior college transfer Jeremy Smith is a running back and is the fourth newcomer with the last name of Smith for the Cardinals.
"That's a lot of Smith's," Petrino said on signing day. "But we're excited. Those are three really good players."
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Dee Smith was tabbed as one of the five recruits who were likely to make the most impact in the Southeast Region, according to Scout.com. Smith is athletic, he is versatile, he has size, and he will jump and compete from major snaps.
Jaylen Smith is 6-4, 188 pounds and ranked as the No. 101 receiver in the class. Smith was an all-purpose guy at Pascagoula, Miss., but should be a nice target at U of L and could play both inside and outside receiver.
The 6-foot, 215-pound Trey Smith is the son of former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Jimmy Smith and could play a bunch of positions for the Cardinals but offensive coordinator Garrick McGee said on signing day he would "fight for him."
Jeremy Smith - as noted in a countdown story earlier this week - participated in spring drills. He was a dominant runner last season at Fresno City, College as he rushed for 1,735 yards and 17 touchdowns on 205 carries.