Urban Meyer made no secret of his desire to add quality wide receivers in the 2013 recruiting class, and Ohio State reached into the JUCO ranks for Corey Smith.
The former Akron Buchtel star is heading back to Ohio, and the 6-foot, 190-pound, Smith will be in the mix for immediate playing time in 2013.
WHAT ARE THE INTANGIBLES? The journey Corey Smith has been on the past two years was more than enough to break any normal young adult, but Smith not only survived, but prospered. He found out a few weeks before his senior season that he was academically ineligible, and would have to leave immediately for Grand Rapids Community College, where he spent one year. When that school fell into trouble and the football program was discontinued, Smith was forced to find another school and headed to East Mississippi Community College for yet another year. The path he has followed needs to be applauded and respected, as Smith's desire to play major college football never wavered and he cleared every hurdle. He has maturity and toughness, and nobody will appreciate the benefits of playing major college football like Corey Smith will. - Bill Greene
WHERE DOES HE FIT IN? Meyer isn't bringing Smith in as a developmental player, and he will expect him to be on the field instantly. Smith will report next summer and be eligible immediately. I would envision Smith playing outside alongside Devin Smith, with Philly Brown being moved inside to his more natural slot position. Smith should be able to help make Braxton Miller a better quarterback, and his precise routes and sure hands are needed. Smith will be battling Mike Thomas, Evan Spencer and Chris Fields for playing time, and I would rank him above all three in talent and experience, but that will be proven in the fall on the football field. - Bill Greene
Smith On Choosing Ohio State: "I'm expecting to play next year, and Coach (Urban) Meyer said he is expecting me to be in the rotation next season," Smith added. "I love Coach Meyer and he told me we are going to win multiple championships together. Being able to come home will be great for my family, but it wasn't the main reason I'm going to Ohio State."
"I think I fit in perfectly with what Coach Meyer wants to do on offense, and I want to be on the field with Braxton Miller," he added. "I have a great relationship with Zach Smith, and he recruited me when I was in high school and he was at Marshall."
"I spoke to Coach Meyer today on the phone and told him I was committing," he continued. "Coach Meyer congratulated me and welcomed me into the Buckeye family. I will be reporting to Ohio State in June, and I'm very excited to be a Buckeye."