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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Juco receiver flips to Ohio State

By Brad Bournival

A junior college standout wide receiver is going to continue his career closer to home.

Long an Ohio State Buckeyes fan, he always envisioned playing in his home state. After an official visit early this month, Corey Smith (Akron, Ohio/East Mississippi Community College) will get the chance to do exactly that as the 23rd commit in the class of 2013. Smith's mother confirmed that he committed Tuesday.

Smith will have three years to play two seasons for the Buckeyes.

A standout for Akron (Ohio) Buchtel’s Division III state runner-up team in 2010, Smith has been a go-to receiver his entire career.

This season, Smith led EMCC in every statistical category when he made 51 catches for 733 yards and scored nine touchdowns. His touchdowns ranked 11th in the nation for the junior college circuit, and his receptions (15th) and yards (18th) were in the top 20 as well.

An original Mississippi State commit, Smith also becomes the fourth pledge in the class of 2013 to flip to the Buckeyes. The other three are Jayme Thompson (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic), Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington) and Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett).

Smith also becomes the third wide receiver from the class of 2013, joining Taivon Jacobs (Forestville, Md./Suitland) and Jalin Marshall (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown) from this year’s high school senior class, though it should be noted Marshall played quarterback in high school.

In giving Ohio State his pledge, Smith not only said no to Mississippi State, he also turned down offers from Akron, Alabama, Arkansas, Ball State, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Miami, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas, Toledo and Vanderbilt.