The great thing about spring practice is you never know who may come to watch. Also inside this free story is a video interview with Corey.

This future forensic science major is not your usual high school senior.  Corey Smith is a member of the newest Bearcats' recruiting class having signed his letter of intent in November, but he‘s incredibly impressive. 

Corey is a 6 foot 210 pound linebacker that runs a 4.5 forty.  Are you impressed?  Well, he's also a good enough student to earn a 3.6 GPA and was offered a scholarship to Vanderbilt University.  Are you impressed now? 


Well, he also hopped on a bus this week during his spring break in Salem, New Jersey to make the 15 hour trip to Cincinnati so he could watch the Bearcats during spring practice this week.

Come on!  This guy is unbelievably impressive!  I wanted to hug the kid for his dedication, but I remembered there's no crying in baseball and there's certainly no hugging in football, especially with a linebacker.

This young man's dedication is off the charts, and he's obviously serious about playing as a true freshman especially since the Bearcats have a real need at his position.  "That's one of the things that I found out when Coach Narduzzi was recruiting me.  I think they lost eight senior linebackers last year.  If I do the work, I figure I may be able to make an immediate impact."

Corey chose UC because he liked the entire package Cincinnati had to offer. "When I came on my official visit, I got a feel for what it's like.  I liked it all not just the atmosphere on the football field but the entire town.  Plus they went to a bowl game last year."

How many high school kids would jump on a bus during their spring break to make a 15 hour trip to WATCH spring practice?  Keep an eye out for this kid.  He's taking his college football career seriously.

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