In perhaps the biggest news of the day, former Seneca quarterback DaMarcus Smith, who was committed to Louisville before switching to Central Florida, has officially asked for his release from UCF. Smith sent out a formal statement stating:
“Today I have filed a release request with the University of Central Florida, asking to be released from my national letter-of-intent I signed in February, due to extenuating circumstances. I send my apologies to the University of Louisville and the University of Central Florida for this issue. And I would also like to apologize to the Louisville fans and community who have supported me since the day I originally committed to the Cardinal family.”
Central Florida has thirty days to respond to Smith’s request, but as of now, it appears unlikely they will grant him a release. If Smith is not granted a release, he will have to sit out a year, which essentially means he loses one year and will have four years to play four. In a nutshell, he loses his redshirt year. Smith could use that year at a prep school, but it appears DaMarcus may just enroll at UofL if he qualifies academically.
This should put to rest any discussion of where DaMarcus wants to go. We always knew he wanted to go to Louisville and it now appears he’s doing anything he can to get here. We’ll continue to update the situation as it develops.