I can't read the article since I don't have a premium membership, but Louisville commit DaMarcus Smith was reportedly widely considered to give the best performance of all the campers during day one of the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp in Aliso Viejo, Calif.
Not a bad accomplishment considering the roster of attendees:
- Archie Bradley, Broken Arrow (Okla.), Oklahoma
- Teddy Bridgewater, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern, Miami
- Evan Crower, San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine, Stanford
- Jeff Driskel, Oviedo (Fla.) Paul J. Hagerty, Florida
- Phillip Ely, Tampa (Fla.) Plant, Undecided
- Kiehl Frazier, Springdale (Ark.) Shiloh Christian, Auburn
- Everett Golson, Myrtle Beach (S.C.), North Carolina
- Cody Kessler, Bakersfield (Calif.) Centennial, Southern California
- Adam Pittser, Richmond (Ill.) Burton, Undecided
- DaMarcus Smith, Louisville (Ky.) Seneca, Louisville
- Kendal Thompson, Moore (Okla.) Southmoore, Oklahoma
- J.W. Walsh, Denton (Texas) Guyer, Oklahoma State
The four-day long camp wraps up on Thursday.
For those in desperate need of an erection, look no further than this pre-camp breakdown of Smith from ESPN.
Scout's Take: Smith suffered a season-ending injury as a junior, but based off his sophomore film, he's an intriguing prospect with a live arm. The ball jumps off his hand and, when his feet are set, he can really unleash the football. He is a good athlete who brings versatility to the position, which makes him an ideal candidate for the spread offense. Smith has good, consistent mechanics overall. He gets back, sets up quickly and carries the ball high in the pocket. He has a quick release and drives off his back foot to get adequate power and velocity on his throws. He has a live arm and shows he can make all the throws. Smith has good quickness, can buy time in the pocket with his movement and shows the ability to avoid the rush. He throws very well on the run and when improvising. He is a threat when he pulls the ball down, with the elusiveness to make people miss.
I'm aware that Smith hasn't taken a snap in an actual game since his sophomore year, but uh, yeah, I'm gonna go ahead and say the prospect of him donning a Cardinal jersey excites me.
You never know how these things are going to turn out, but if Louisville football does make a dramatic vault back into national relevancy under Charlie Strong in the coming years, it would certainly seem that the stage is set for Smith to make his name the most synonymous with that era.