Two days after National Signing Day, four-star quarterback DaMarcus Smith shocked those close to him and in his community by opting for UCF over home-state Louisville.
A month later, Smith may be having second thoughts about his commitment to the Knights. Or he’s getting tired of those close to him and his community nagging at him to flip back to the Cardinals. One of the two.
Apparently, rumors have been making the rounds on recruiting websites and message boards that, by way of the Orlando Sentinel, Smith is trying to get out of his UCF Letter of Intent. The rumors have even creeped into the “mainstream” media, with the Louisville Courier-Journal reporting earlier this week that “Smith is exploring his options on what he would have to do to get a release from the letter-of-intent that he signed on national signing day. … One thing is certain, Smith wants out of his letter and he wants a full release.”
Mike Bianchi of the Sentinel made the case in his blog Thursday that UCF should not allow Smith out of his commitment, if that’s indeed what he wants.
George O’Leary says there’s no need to consider such a move, though, as the head coach told the Sentinel‘s Iliana Limón, through a school spokesperson, that Smith is “100 percent a Knight“.
Smith, the No. 11 dual-threat QB according to Rivals.com, went to Seneca High School in Louisville, and had been committed to the hometown school for over a year before flipping to UCF. Since committing to the Florida school, Smith has reportedly faced intense pressure from both inside and outside of his family to ditch UCF and come back home to Louisville.
It’s a shame, though, that a sizable chunk of a community feels the need to pressure an 18-year-old young man into doing what’s right for them and by extension the colors they root for instead of allowing someone they claim to care about to make a decision he feels is best for himself and his future.