Will Louisville offer QB Smith on visit?

Marcus Smith, a two-star, 6-3, 205-pound dual-threat quarterback from Columbus, Ga., will visit Louisville this weekend. Will the Cardinals offer Scout.com's No. 91 quarterback prospect while he's in town for his official visit?

Marcus Smith, a 6-3, 205-pound dual-threat quarterback from Columbus, Ga., will visit Louisville this weekend.

Smith, a two-star prospect rated the No. 91 quarterback in the nation, has been on Charlie Strong's radar since the Louisville coach was at Florida. Since returning to Louisville after Florida's BCS bowl win over Cincinnati, Strong has turned the recruiting heat up on Smith.

"I like Coach Strong," Smith said. "We talked a lot when he was at Florida. When I went to visit Florida he talked to me a lot. I don't know much about Louisville but I know it's a good program."

Smith doesn't have any other visits scheduled this month besides the one to Louisville. Florida showed interest early in the recruiting process and Tennessee and MTSU are waiting on his SAT scores. Louisville hasn't offered Smith a scholarship but might when he visits campus next week.

"I think [Strong] wants me to come and visit first to see how I like it and he'll talk about the offer and the scholarship situation when I get there," Smith said.

If Strong offers a scholarship, Smith is probably headed to UofL.

"I'd probably [go] to Louisville and go nowhere else," Smith said.

One of the big topics of conversation between Strong and Smith next weekend? What position Smith might be able to play at Louisville.

"He wants me to come in and play quarterback," Smith said. "He asked me what [position] I'd prefer and I said quarterback but we'll probably talk about everything once I visit."

A good athlete, Smith could play a variety of different positions in college. Though he'd prefer to play quarterback he said he's open to playing other positions.

"I can pass and run the football," Smith said. "I tell my line if they can't hold the block that that's OK because I've got the ability to run. But if they hold the line for at least two seconds I'm going to throw the ball. I have good vision and don't make many mistakes. That's what I bring to the table."

Smith's team finished the season 6-4. Smith threw for more than 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns and rushed for 500 yards and six touchdowns.

"He has a strong arm and runs a 4.7," Hardaway coach Jeff Battles said. "He was a three-year starter. He's a very good athlete. He can do more than play quarterback. He's just a good kid overall. He wants to go play. He doesn't care if it's quarterback."

Battles said Smith has a 2.5 grade average and is in good shape with his cores.


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