Preston Smith talks about his commitment

InsidetheVille.com talks with QB Preston Smith and his high school coach about his commitment to the Cardinals.

As InsidetheVille.com reported on Saturday morning, quarterback Preston Smith of Washington County High School in Sandersville, GA, has given his verbal pledge to play for the head coach Bobby Petrino and the University of Louisville.

"Coach Petrino was recruiting me when he was at Auburn and he was a nice guy from day one," explained the 6'3, 200-pound quarterback. "He called me right after he took [the Louisville] job and said he'd like to have me there, so I committed then."

His high school coach, Rick Tomberlin, compared him to a quarterback that is making headlines in the NFL.

"He's like Steve McNair, just not as big," said Tomberlin. "He can run and he can throw."

He continued to describe his senior quarterback as a confident leader.

"He's one of the strongest kids I've ever coached. He's a great leader that knows what it takes to win. His passing efficiency is tremendous. He's throw over 1,000-yards every year."

Smith was a 3-year starter at Washington County, compiling a career record of 33-7. While playing in an offense that is equally balanced between the run and pass, Smith threw for over 1,200-yards, including 16 touchdowns with only three interceptions.

Smith described his leadership style as a quiet one. "I lead by example and let the scoreboard do the talking. I'm quiet and just go out there and perform. I'll do what I can to help us get the win."

Making his official visit to U of L's campus this weekend, Smith enjoyed the experience.

"It was just awesome," said Smith, who received honorable mention All-State honors. "Everybody was so nice. [Running back Eric] Shelton was my host and he was great. The facilities are the best that I have ever seen and the dorm was really nice. We went to the [basketball] game and the fans were really into it, the support was amazing."

When asked about redshirting, he explained that he's a team player. "I'll do whatever's best for the team, even if that means redshirting my first year."

All though he has received offers and requests for visits from Middle Tennessee State, Western Carolina, Connecticut, Central Florida and many others, Smith says that his recruiting process is over.

"I liked what I saw in Louisville, so I am done," Smith said. "I'm not going to take anymore visits. I even went and bought me a Louisville hat."


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