The three-star quarterback from Seneca has been taking online courses this semester to graduate from high school early, and this week took the next step in the process, withdrawing from Seneca to enroll at Jefferson County HS, an alternative school that offers accelerated classes.
Smith, according to Seneca coach Louis Dover, needs to complete three core courses this semester to graduate early from high school and enroll at UofL next semester.
"Jefferson County [School] offers those classes at an accelerated rate," Dover said. "It's an alternative school and people at UofL are doing a great job making sure that nothing is missed or being done that wouldn't count. They'd love to see him in spring practice, but they don't want him to do anything to hurt himself."
"We're just making sure the classes are going to be accepted because you get into a gray-area when you start talking about schools with these accelerated programs," Dover said. "The NCAA has really clamped down on the classes they accept."
Dover also said UofL is keeping close tabs on Smith's situation.
"The University of Louisville is being very meticulous about what's going on," said Dover. "They don't want him to jump the gun and do something that is not going to allow him to play when he graduates."
Dover didn't want to speculate how Smith's situation will play out.
"I know he's close, he's very, very close," Dover said.
Smith, rated one of the nation's Top 20 quarterback prospects, could be a key player for Louisville next season. With Louisville's first and second string quarterbacks - Adam Froman and Justin Burke – graduating, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Smith will have an opportunity to win the starting quarterback opening next season, especially if he can enroll at UofL early and learn Mike Sanford's spread offensive attack during spring practice.
"The hope is that he can enroll early in college," Dover said. "He's excited about that opportunity."
Smith, who was invited to participate in the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp last summer in California, led Seneca to a 5-6 record. He completed 50 percent of his passes for 3,105 yards and 30 touchdowns, with just nine INT's in more than 350 pass attempts. Smith threw for over 350 yards in 5 of Seneca's last 7 games, including 438 yards and four touchdowns vs. St. X and 428 yards and three TD's against Manual.
"I think he did a great job for a guy who had to step into an offense that replaced 10 starters," Dover said. "He was very understanding of the situation and his role and was very mature about it."