July 7, 2010

Smith stands out in his class

Interest is picking up quickly for Akron (Ohio) Buchtel wide receiver Corey Smith and the 2012 prospect is hoping to add to his offer total in the very near future. The 6-foot-0, 170-pounder already holds offers from Akron, Miami (Ohio) and Toledo. But this summer has proven to be a strong one for Smith even though he has not been able to get out to some of the venues that he was hoping to check out.

"I talked to Mike McQueary at Penn State and he said that he is ready to offer me," Smith said. "He wanted me to go to their camp and would offer then but I missed it because I didn't get the email until after the camp. But I talked to him and he told me that he was going to come to my first two games and then offer after that."

Smith however was able to make it to the Ohio State camp in June and made the most of his time in Columbus. Coaches Darrell Hazell and Jim Bollman are handling the recruitment of Smith and had plenty of positive feedback.

"They told me that I was probably the best of the juniors that were there at receiver and DB-wise," Smith said. "They told me that they were close to offering me now but they wanted to make sure that everything is all good with my transcripts."

North Carolina has been telling Smith that he should expect an offer in September and a school from the West Coast was hoping to get a chance to see Smith for themselves this summer.

"UCLA said that they are ready to offer too but they want to see me in person but I didn't get to go down with the Raw Talent Bus Tour because of some money problems and I was hurt," Smith said.

Ohio State's senior advanced camps are open for select junior-to-be players to participate in as well and Smith was able to jump on the opportunity.

"I don't want to sound cocky or anything but I really like playing against the older competition because I don't know that many 2012 DBs that really just can shut me down so I that is why when I got to camps I try and go with the upperclassmen to get more work." Smith said.

People are focusing in on Smith as a wide receiver but he will play on both sides of the ball this year and that is something that college coaches will take notice of.

"Coach Hazell told me he likes me at receiver," Smith said. "But the thing is that they didn't know that I could play DB until I went to their camp. When we were doing 7-on-7 we didn't have enough DBs and I was playing on defense and I caught like four back-to-back picks and then all of the schools started calling their coaches over to start watching me."

Smith has some strong bloodlines however being cousins with 2011 defensive back prospect Doran Grant out of Akron as well.

"This will be my first year of playing defensive back," Smith said. "I learned to position because I know what the receiver is going to want to do, with receiver tricks. That is why I will play the position so well."

The Ohio prospect also made a name for himself at the Penn State NIKE camp and was named honorable mention on the All-NIKE team by Rivals.com. For people who have not seen Smith perform as of yet, how would he describe himself as a wide receiver?

"I am a laid back player, I have very good eye-hand coordination," Smith said. "I run very good routes in my opinion. My 40-yard is not the fast time out there (4.5 seconds) but my routes are so good, that is what gets me open out there plus I am very quick and with my breaks."

And if the Buckeyes were to offer?

"If Ohio State were to offer me it would be very high on my list with Penn State, Michigan State and North Carolina to name a few," Smith said. "But I really do love Ohio State."

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