After missing out on 4-star Louisville, Kentucky product James Quick, the Buckeyes may have finally found their answer at the wide receiver position. Throughout JUCO wide receiver Corey Smith's visit weekend, the Buckeyes were on commitment watch, as Ohio State hosted over 20 athletes in Columbus. It took a bit longer than expected, but Corey Smith, a 4-star JUCO WR from the class of 2013, becomes the 23rd commit in OSU's 2013 class.The 5'11, 185-pound Smith committed to Mississippi State following his official visit there on December 7th. Smith obviously saw a place he decided was a better fit in Ohio State and elected to pull the trigger.
Corey Smith is the 10th best JUCO prospect in the country, the fourth best JUCO WR and third best prospect in the state of Mississippi for the class of 2013 according to 247Sports. Smith received an offer from Ohio State in early October and ever since has said to be interested in the Buckeyes. Up until the end of December, however, the interest wasn't totally mutual. It's a well-known fact that losing Quick would mean opening the doors a little to other possible receivers, and Smith and OSU's renewed mutual interest came in the right place at the right time.
Smith, originally from Akron, Ohio, is a spring graduate with three years to play two seasons because of his time spent in JUCO. He caught 51 passes for 733 yards and nine touchdowns as a sophomore at EMCC. It only seems right that an Ohio-born prospect such as Smith finds his new college in the Buckeye state. Smith had offers from Georgia, Nebraska, Ohio State, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Penn State, Tennessee and many more, proving he's a hot commodity in the recruiting circles. It's widely believed that Smith is FBS ready and could factor into Ohio State's receiver rotation from day one.
Check out some serious highlights from Corey Smith at the JUCO level at Eastern Mississippi to see what's to come for the Buckeyes and coach Urban Meyer: