Posted by Bryan Fischer
Louisville (Ky.) quarterback DaMarcus Smith has asked for a release from his letter of intent with Central Florida, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com. Smith also faxed a news release to The Louisville Courier-Journal, who first reported the news.
“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,” Smith said in the release. “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. I view this as a private matter and will have no further comment until a later date.”
Smith originally committed to Louisville during his junior season but signed with UCF shortly after Signing Day. Following the departure of Miami head coach Randy Shannon, highly touted quarterback Teddy Bridgewater re-opened his recruitment and eventually enrolled early at Louisville. The domino effect caused Smith to start looking elsewhere and he eventually reneged on his verbal commitment.
Rumors that Smith was looking for his release from the Knights started surfacing almost as soon as the ink was dry on his letter of intent. UCF head coach George O'Leary addressed the situation numerous times and insisted that Smith would enroll in May.
"DaMarcus came to me and said he had second thoughts," O'Leary told CBSSports.com. "My experience with DaMarcus was every time he was here, he had a Cheshire grin on. He's happy as heck. His problem is when he went back to Louisville and whatever was taking place there.
"He's fully confirmed and 100 percent. Sometimes, kids just need to be reassured what's going on."
It is not known if UCF will grant Smith his release or if the school will put restrictions on where he may be released to. He threw for 3,227 yards and 32 touchdowns as a senior at Seneca High.
Update: O'Leary told reporters after the Knights' practice on Tuesday that the school would deny Smith his release.
Photo courtesy of The Louisville Courier-Journal.