Smith Explains Buckeye Choice

Corey Smith's long journey to play Division-I college football took another twist Tuesday afternoon, with the four-star wide receiver issuing a decommitment from Mississippi State and subsequently pledging to Ohio State. Smith talked about his decision.

Ohio State has been seeking wide receiver help for the 2013 recruiting class the past few months, and Tuesday afternoon Urban Meyer landed his man.

East Mississippi Community College standout Corey Smith decommitted from Mississippi State, and has committed to play college football at Ohio State.

"I have decommitted from Mississippi State today and I have committed to Ohio State," Smith stated. "I committed to Zach Smith (Ohio State wide receivers coach) today, and he was at the school. I was supposed to visit Tennessee this weekend, but I cancelled that visit and will not be taking any visits."

Smith, who originally attended Akron Buchtel High School, went to Grand Rapids Community College from high school and the went to East Mississippi Community College this past year.

He will be eligible to play next season at Ohio State, and will have two years of eligibility remaining.

"I'm expecting to play next year, and Coach (Urban) Meyer said he is expecting me to be in the rotation next season," Smith added. "I love Coach Meyer and he told me we are going to win multiple championships together. Being able to come home will be great for my family, but it wasn't the main reason I'm going to Ohio State."

"I think I fit in perfectly with what Coach Meyer wants to do on offense, and I want to be on the field with Braxton Miller," he added. "I have a great relationship with Zach Smith, and he recruited me when I was in high school and he was at Marshall."

"I spoke to Coach Meyer today on the phone and told him I was committing," he continued. "Coach Meyer congratulated me and welcomed me into the Buckeye family. I will be reporting to Ohio State in June, and I'm very excited to be a Buckeye."

Smith, 6-foot-1, 190-pounds, was a JUCO All-America selection this past year, and is listed as a four-star prospect.

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