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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
WR Smith brings lightning to OSU offense

By Brad Bournival

As a senior in 2010, he led his Akron (Ohio) Buchtel team to the Division III state championship.

While the Griffins lost 13-12 in the title game to Columbus Bishop Watterson, it was evident how much Corey Smith was going to be a player.

Now done with the junior college circuit and committed to Ohio State, the Buckeyes can watch the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Smith do his thing at The Horseshoe.

What sets Smith apart is his ability to improvise.

At Buchtel, the Griffins broke the huddle before each game with the phrase “play fast.” Smith played smart.

When plays broke down -- and that happened more often than coach and former Michigan Wolverines standout Ricky Powers liked -- Smith would snap off his route and come back to the ball.

Either that or he’d put himself in a position where the quarterback could get himself out of trouble with a quick pass. Route-running smarts and reads off defenders is part of Smith’s forte.

It’s why his success continued in college as he led all receivers for East Mississippi Community College last season.

His ability to reach top speed and sure hands make him a deep threat on almost every down. Smith also is a contortionist at times and can take a poorly thrown ball and make it a reception.

When coupled with the other wideout in the class of 2013 -- Taivon Jacobs (Forestville, Md./Suitland) -- Smith can make a great one-two punch on the outside for the Buckeyes in the future.

With those two on the outside and Jalin Marshall (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown) likely filling in at the slot, Urban Meyer’s spread offense should run smoothly.