Catching Up with Corey Smith: Spring Game Visit

By Alex on April 26, 2012 at 3:57p
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The Ohio State Spring Game brought in many first time visitors from around the country, but one recruit who was already plenty familiar with what the Buckeyes had to offer, Corey Smith, was in the Horseshoe as well to take in Urban Meyer's "debut" as OSU head coach.

Smith, originally a Tennessee commit in the class of 2011 out of Akron Buchtel, just finished his first season at East Mississippi Community College. He will play a second season at the junior college level before selecting his next destination, meaning he will have three years to play two at a Division I school, a plan he is focusing on achieving as of now.

Smith is currently holding offers from some big time programs and getting a lot of interest from some others. One of the schools that has not pulled the trigger on an offer just yet, but is certainly keeping tabs on Smith is Ohio State, who has made it no secret they want play makers at the wide receiver position.

We caught up with Corey to hear how his Spring Game visit went, where things stand with Ohio State, when he expects to make a college decision, and more. Join us after the jump to read about one of the top JuCo prospects in the nation, Corey Smith.

Starting off, how did your first season at East Mississippi CC go?

I had a good season. I had about 600 yards and 10 touchdowns receiving. I expect to do even better this year, as our team throws the ball a lot, around 50 times per game.

You were just in Columbus for the Spring Game. Tell us about your experience there.

I went up Saturday morning with my coach and it was a good time. I really liked the atmosphere with the crowd and the new offense, especially with the way they were throwing the ball.

What coaches did you speak to while you were there?

I spoke to Coach Vrabel for a while before the game. He was just telling me the game plan of getting them my grades and getting everything situated there. We also talked a lot about how life was going in general.

What is your current status in JuCo?

I will be playing one more year in community college and then I will be done with both football and academics there by the end of the fall. I will be eligible to play two seasons in three years [redshirt year] wherever I decide to go.

When do you think you'll be making that college decision?

My plan right now is to make my college decision in December when my season is over.

What has Ohio State told you about a scholarship offer?

They told me they just want to see my grades next semester and if all is good than I am expecting them to offer at some point.

What other schools have been recruiting you?

I am being recruited by Mississippi State, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Texas Tech, and a few others in addition to Ohio State. 

Do you have any favorites at this time?

I don't have any favorites at this time and am just going to weigh my options out and go from there.

When do you think you'll be back at Ohio State?

I am planning on taking an official visit to Ohio State in the fall, so that will probably be the next time I'm down there.

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703Buckeye's picture

I'm not a big fan of JUCO's and I'd rather not use a scholly on one. I'd rather use the scholly on a kid that will most likely be around for the next 3-5 years.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

BuckinBama's picture

Juco players are often further along in the development process, they help bridge the gap between your vets, and your younger guys ... I love the idea of juco players ....

bassplayer7770's picture

Best of luck to Corey earning an offer.

gozips31's picture

Hmmm… according to the stats from the college, Smith had 28 receptions for 438 yards and 2 TDs. That is a long way from the 600 yards and 10 TD's he said he had in the interview!