As signing day quickly approaches, Urban Meyer and his staff have been fervently hitting the recruiting trail. Today, a bit of their hard work paid off when JUCO wide receiver Corey Smith verbally committed to OSU. According to Marc Givler, Smith will join Ohio State's 2013 class as the 23rd member.
The product originally out of Akron, Ohio is rated as a four-star and the ninth-best JUCO player in the nation by 247Sports. Smith was just recently attending East Mississippi Community College, but played his high school ball in Ohio.
In fact, Brandon Castel of theOzone highlights Smith's prospect status as a senior in high school before he chose the JUCO route.
Corey Smith was considered to be the top WR prospect in Ohio last year. He went JUCO route and OSU took two out of state WRs.
— Brandon Castel (@BCastOZone) January 29, 2013
This is a huge pick-up for Meyer, who desperately needed to add another receiver to this class. As I said before, Smith is the Buckeyes' 23rd verbal commitment. This mathematically leaves OSU with one scholarship remaining, but I expect there to be two before long.
Now, Meyer and his staff turn their attention to Cameron Hunt, Dontre Wilson and Darren Carrington. They desperately need Hunt due to lack of numbers on the offensive line. A playmaker like Wilson or Carrington to close out the class would also be a nice bow on an excellent recruiting year.