Smith set to join Louisville

Andrell Smith didn't play football this season after falling one credit short last year of becoming eligible for college. Now Smith has his final credit in hand and he's headed to Louisville this month to enroll early.

Smith, who made an official visit to Louisville for the Cardinals season-opener against Kentucky, chose UofL over Central Florida, according to his high school coach. Smith also made an official visit to UCF last month before deciding on the Cards.

Smith, a 6-foot-4 wide receiver, will enroll at UofL next week for the spring semester. He'll participate in Louisville's winter conditioning program and spring practice with the Cardinals.

Andrell Smith picked Louisville over UCF.

"He's a big kid with explosive speed," Palmetto, Florida head coach Larry Coffey said. "He's probably about 6-3 or 6-4. Last year he was about 200-pounds. This year he's probably a little bigger. He's got huge hands and tremendous upside. He's got the ability to make plays. For a big kid he really runs well after he makes catches."

While Smith didn't play this past season, he did work out and condition at Palmetto HS, according to Coffey. Blessed with 4.5-4.6 speed, Smith could develop into big-play threat down the field in Louisville's wide open offense.

Louisville assistant Bill Miller played a big part in landing Smith for the Cardinals. Miller, the Cardinals top recruiter in the Sunshine state, is expected to replace Ron English as UofL's defensive coordinator next season.

Smith is Louisville's fourth verbal commitment in the Class of 2009 from the state of Florida, joining Oakland Park twins Isaac and Jacob Geffard and Palmetto's Damian Copeland. The Geffards are both expected to play safety for the Cardinals, while Copeland is also a talented wide receiver.

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