2011 QB recruit undergoing surgery

DaMarcus Smith, a 2011 Louisville recruiting priority, will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery Wednesday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. With an offer from Louisville, the talented quarterback is about to begin the rehabilitation process.

Seneca junior QB DaMarcus Smith had surgery to repair torn miniscus in his knee last month. Wednesday, the 6'2, 175 pound Smith will undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair his torn anterior cruciate ligament.

"The first (surgery) was to get in there and scope it out and they repaired his miniscus," Seneca assistant Paul Holien said. "They wanted to see what was going on with his ACL. They didn't know for sure if they were going to have to do reconstructive surgery of the ACL. They thought it might have been strained. But it was torn."

Smith injured his knee over the summer playing basketball and could be back in action next spring. "Hopefully he'll start rehabbing by the end of the year," Holien said. "They say he'll make a full recovery and will be stronger than he was before he got hurt."

As a junior, Smith threw for 3,300 yards and 32 touchdowns. He's considered one of the best quarterbacks in the nation in the Class of 2011 and already has several scholarship offers.

"UofL has offered him," Holien said. "He really likes Coach Kragthorpe, the assistant coaches and the players at UofL. He's not going to commit any time soon. There were some rumors that he was going to commit September 1 but I don't know where those came from."

Kentucky, Purdue and Illinois have also offered Smith. Two weeks ago, Smith made an official visit to Ohio State.

"There's not too much to update with his recruitment," Holien said. "He went to Ohio State for the USC game. Oregon is talking to him and most of the SEC schools are showing interest. They're not going to pull the trigger (on an offer) until they see him post a test score. He's taking the ACT October 28."

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