January 18, 2011
Smith still looking at the Buckeyes
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As one of the top junior receivers in Ohio, Corey Smith is drawing attention from schools all around the nation. The 6-foot, 170-pound prospect from Buchtel High School in Akron is coming off a huge junior season in which he recorded 50 receptions and over 1,100 yards receiving. Smith helped lead the Griffins all the way to the state championship game where they came up just short against Watterson but all in all it was a great year for the silky smooth pass-catcher.
"It was a fun season," said Smith. "I got first team all-city and first team all-district."
The monster junior year has led to a slew of verbal offers and interest on a national level.
"I've got (offers from) Michigan State, North Carolina, Akron, Toledo, Miami (OH), and Kent State," Smith said. "Tennessee, LSU, Oregon, Michigan, Boston College, Penn State, Indiana, Iowa, USC, UCLA, California (have sent mail)."
Ohio State has also been an active player in Smith's recruitment so far and Smith was able to take in a bowl practice last month and he came away impressed with what he saw.
"I went down there a couple of weeks ago before the bowl game for one of their bowl practices," he explained. "I like the way their tempo goes in practice. They practice kind of the way we practice at our school."
Smith hasn't been in contact with the Ohio State staff since the Sugar Bowl but is hoping to get in touch with them in the near future.
"They came down to see where my grades were at and talked to my coaches and (my coaches) told me they might offer after the bowl game, but I haven't been able to talk to Coach Jim Bollman or anything yet," Smith said.
In the meantime, Smith is looking to take some unofficial visits to some other programs that have expressed serious interest.
"I'm going to Toledo on (January) 29th and then I plan on going to LSU the first Saturday in February," Smith explained. "I'm also going to Tennessee and to Michigan State for a basketball game."
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