As first reported by Bill Greene of Scout.com, Smith, a JUCO prospect originally from Akron, Ohio, has de-committed from Mississippi State in favor of the Buckeyes:
Corey Smith has decommitted from Mississppi State and has committed to Ohio State.— Bill Greene (@BillBankGreene) January 29, 2013
After sorting through some transcript issues, Smith became the 23rd member of one of the strongest recruiting classes in the country Tuesday afternoon.
Smith played his high school football at Buchtel in Akron, where he had committed to play for Tennessee his senior season. Smith took a detour and played one year at Grand Rapids and another year at East Mississippi, all the while looking to make the jump back into the FBS level.
The speedy receiver shined last year, hauling in over 40 passes and 10 touchdowns, according to Bill Kurelic of 247sports.com. Smith will have just three years of eligibility remaining, but his experience at the JUCO level should allow him to step in and compete for playing time right away.
Meyer has been on the recruiting trail searching for playmakers like James Clark, Dontre Wilson and Ryan Timmons, but with the commitment of Smith and limited roster space, we'll have to wait and see if Meyer continues to pursue any more receivers.
Watch highlights from Smith's season at East Mississippi here:
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