University of Louisville Class of 2017 Football Class: Signed S TreSean Smith

University of Louisville Class of 2017 Football Class: Signed S TreSean Smith. Cardinal Authority takes a closer look at the Cardinals signee.

BIO: A three-star standout from Cincinnati LaSalle, TreSean Smith played both sides of the ball for a program that became the first Division II program in Ohio history to win three consecutive state titles. Smith passed for 189 yards, rushed for 438 yards and 14 touchdowns and caught six passes for 161 yards and one more score. On defense, Smith had 25 tackles and three interceptions.

LEAD RECRUITER: Chris Klenakis

RECRUITMENT: Smith had 11 offers when he committed to the Cardinals in June, picking the Cardinals over Syracuse, Colorado State, Iowa State and Penn State. He picked up a late offer from Notre Dame and had Penn State trying to get him on campus last weekend.

WHY U OF L: Smith said he fell for the program when he made his first visit and Chris Klenakis was one of the first coaches to show interest. He also said former U of L linebacker Preston Brown, who is from Cincinnati, talked up the program as did his cousin, former Cardinal Anthony Allen.

EXPECTED MAJOR: Sports management

EVALUATION: Taller kid who projects as a free safety. Good ball skills. Can play center field and shows good awareness as well as the ability to up and get the ball. Will come up and tackle but can get stronger. More comfortable in space than he is man to man right now. -

QUOTABLE: "It's a great school and not too far from home for me," Smith said. "It was perfect for me."

BOTTOM LINE: Louisville has had some success in the Cincinnati-area in recent years - including Brown and Dominique Brown - and Smith could be the next star from The Queen City.

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