A one-time four-star prospect, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Louisville commitment was dropped to three-stars after missing his junior season with a knee injury. But his recent performance in Tuscaloosa, Ala., proved that his knee is on the mend and his arm is one of the best in the south.
"I think I did pretty good for my first competition back," Smith said. "I think I represented my city and my school well. The top quarterbacks from the south were all there and we went out and competed throwing the ball, testing accuracy and footwork drills. A couple of the evaluators there told me I finished in the elite group and impressed a lot of people."
Smith earned his reputation after throwing for more than 3,200 yards as a sophomore at Seneca H.S. Poised for a breakout year last season, Smith suffered an ACL knee injury that required surgery and cost him his junior season. After watching him perform over the weekend, several of the scouts on hand had praise for Smith.
"A lot of them said I had one of the best arms there and that I would be a lock for the [national] Elite 11 (in California)," Smith said. "I think I impressed people with my arm strength and accuracy. I showed people that I am accurate and have good poise and footwork in the pocket."
Though Smith still wears a protective brace on his left knee, he's clearly on the road to recovery. Smith participated in Seneca's spring practice and has a full camp schedule this summer.
"It felt good," Smith said of his knee. "It's really in good shape. It's just getting back to some of the things that I could do before the injury as far as changing directions. I'm pretty much back in shape. I didn't see contact in the spring but I got to do all the plays with the team."
Next up for Smith?
"My main priority is UofL, the school I committed to. I'm putting them first," Smith said. "I'm going to all of their skill camps in June. Then I'll go to a couple of Nike and Under Armour camps. I have to go to five camps to get evaluated for the U.S. Army game. So those will be the only camps that I go to."
Charlie Strong's first commitment at Louisville, Smith has become the leader of the Cardinals burgeoning 2011 recruiting class.
"I've talked to all the commits on multiple occasions," Smith said. "I feel like I've built good relationships with Eric Robinson and Mike Romano. I talked to them a lot. They're coming down over the summer and stay with me and go around campus. Those are the main guys I've built relationships with."