Jerry Smith makes unofficial visit to Louisville

6-2 <b>Jerry Smith</b>, a talented combo guard from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, made an unofficial visit to Louisville last weekend, and has the Cardinals high on his current list of favorites. A relative of former Louisville great Darrell Griffith, Smith is rated the No. 48 prospect nationally in the class of 2006.

Jerry Smith, a 6-foot-3 combo guard from Wauwatosa, Wisconin who averaged nearly a triple-double as a junior (19.8 points, 7 boards, and 9 assists), has seen his recruitment really heat up as of late. Wake Forest and Wisconsin have been involved for a long time, but there are two new schools entering the mix.

This past weekend, Smith took un-official visits to Louisville and Tennessee. Both schools are relatively new to his list and they join Wake Forest, Wisconsin, and Connecticut to round out his top five.

"We came in and talked to Coach Taylor (of Louisville) on Friday," Smith Sr. said. "We did a little bit of visiting, but we weren't on campus a lot because we had to get down to Tennessee."

Although Smith and his father weren't in Louisville long, the Cardinals' coaching staff left a lasting impression with the Smith's.

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making his decision this spring,
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"I just enjoyed the visit, I enjoyed the tradition, and I enjoyed the things they had to say about the recruitment and their academic standards," the elder Smith stated. "I like that eight-million dollar facility that Coach Pitino has built (Minardi Hall) that will take care of the athletes."

The Smith's also have a few ties to the city, as they have family living in Louisville.

Tennessee is the other school entering the picture with Smith, and the main reason is the recent hiring of Bruce Pearl. Pearl, a former coach at Milwaukee, WI, has a son that plays on Smith's AAU team and the two are good friends. Does that friendship make Tennessee a real player in Smith's recruitment?

"We are giving it some strong consideration," Smith Sr. said. "We are really going to continue to weigh things out. Coach Pearl is a good friend of mine and there are some positives that can come with that. He's a friend and I trust him, so those are very important factors."

After visiting Louisville and Tennessee, Smith will make his first official visit to Wake Forest this weekend. The Demon Deacons already have Mike Conley and Greg Oden coming for their official visits so this will be a big weekend for Skip Prosser and company. And according to Smith Sr. that was planned.

"Right now they are all supposed to get in together, they wanted all three of those guys in this weekend."

Smith Sr. said his son plans on taking his other official visits but they haven't decided when. He did indicate that they hope to decide on a school before the beginning of the summer.

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