Corey Smith update

A lot of folks were affected when standout Tennessee receiver Justin Hunter limped off the field with a torn ACL in the first quarter of Saturday's loss at Florida, including at least one future teammate.

Corey Smith, a wiry wideout from Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College who committed to UT last spring, is even more eager than before to join the Big Orange receiving corps.

"Things are going good," he told InsideTennessee by phone from Grand Rapids. "My grades are improving, and I'm ready to get to Tennessee."

Smith, a 6-foot-1, 175-pounder with a 41-inch vertical leap, earned first-team all-state honors as a junior at Akron (Ohio) Buchtel High School in 2010 after catching 52 passes for 1,161 yards and 16 touchdowns. He averaged an eye-popping 22.3 yards per reception and converted nearly a third of his catches into TDs. Midwest Regional manager Allen Trieu called Smith "probably the best route runner in the state" heading into his senior season. To improve his academics, however, Smith elected to bypass his senior year of high school and enroll in Grand Rapids CC. So far, so good.

"We're undefeated, 4-0," he said. "I've probably got 18 catches, two touchdowns and maybe 300 yards or so."

Smith said he intends to enroll at Tennessee "no later than December," adding: "I plan to be there at mid-semester."

If so, he'll be eligible to participate in spring practice.

"That's big, as far as me going out there and showcasing my skills," Smith said. "Hopefully, I'll get a chance to start."

The talented young wide is so eager to play for Tennessee that he wishes he could be part of the Vol roster right now. Apparently, he isn't alone in that wish.

"I talked to Coach Baggett today," Smith said, referring to Vol receivers coach Charlie Baggett. "He said he wishes I was there right now, with Justin Hunter being hurt."

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