Smith talks Elite 11 invite

Recently selected to participate in the ESPN Rise Elite 11 Quarterback Camp, 2011 Louisville commit DaMarcus Smith is on his way toward establishing himself as one of the nation's best quarterbacks this summer. Smith talked with InsideTheVille.com about the honor and what he's been up to this summer.

2011 Louisville commit DaMarcus Smith from Seneca HS is on his way toward establishing himself as one of the nation's best quarterbacks this summer.

Currently rated a three-star prospect and one of the 22-best quarterbacks nationally by Scout.com, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Smith has been selected to participate in the ESPN Rise Elite 11 Quarterback Camp in Aliso Viejo, Calif. July 19-22.

"It still feels like a big dream to me," Smith told InsideTheVille.com. "They take the top 11 quarterbacks in the nation and we go to camp and compete. It still hasn't sunk in yet."

Smith missed his junior season because of a knee injury, but threw for 3,227 yards and 32 touchdowns as a sophomore. He's considered one of the top prospects in Kentucky and turned in an outstanding performance at the EA Sports Elite 11 Camp in Tuscaloosa in May that led to his selection for the Elite 11 Camp.

"They said I had a very unique highlight tape and they were very impressed with my [combine] performance," said Smith. "The guy at ESPN said they've been around enough to know special quarterbacks and complimented me."

Shortly after learning of his selection, Smith, the first player to commit to Charlie Strong at Louisville, called the UofL coaching staff to share his good news.

"The first person I called was my [future] quarterback coach, Coach [Mike] Groh," Smith said. "He gives me advice and we're starting to built a real close relationship. Some of the things that the guy from ESPN said is what Coach Groh has told me."

Groh, of course, was excited for Smith.

"He was very happy for me and it makes the university look good, too," Smith said. "They just want me to go out there and compete. Coach Groh told me not to be happy with just being invited but to go there and really compete to be the best quarterback in the nation."

"I've got to represent for my school, my city and UofL," Smith said.

Smith is staying busy this summer. He attended Louisville camps earlier this month and practiced this weekend in Indianapolis with his National Passing League team. "It's like an all-star team of players from Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee," Smith said.

About his Louisville camp experiences, Smith said this: "I worked out a little, but I mainly greeted recruits," Smith said.


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