SCHOOL: East Mississippi Community College
POSITION: Wide receiver
SIZE: 6-foot, 185-pounds
RECRUITING: Committed to Ohio State
WHAT IS THERE TO LIKE? From the time I saw Corey Smith in the summer of 2010, I was impressed with his route-running ability. His JUCO film shows an even more developed ability in this area. Smith is a smooth-strider and has the ability to be at top speed quickly. He has always had the ability to go across the middle and make tough catches in traffic, and that was sorely lacking with the Buckeye receivers last season. Does he have the speed to get deep? Without question, but what I like about him is he does not drop the football and plays the game hard. He also has the ability to gain yards after the catch, and he can make people miss.
WHAT ARE THE CONCERNS? There were academic issues in the past, and his departure from Akron Buchtel earlier than expected was due to classroom performance. Add in the fact that Smith has been enrolled in two separate schools the past two years, and this one was more complicated than it might seem. Although his JUCO film is very impressive, the competition wasn't exactly the SEC West, but Ohio State was willing to overlook all the concerns and took this exciting wide receiver.
WHAT ARE THE INTANGIBLES? The journey Corey Smith has been on the past two years was more than enough to break any normal young adult, but Smith not only survived, but prospered. He found out a few weeks before his senior season that he was academically ineligible, and would have to leave immediately for Grand Rapids Community College, where he spent one year. When that school fell into trouble and the football program was discontinued, Smith was forced to find another school and headed to East Mississippi Community College for yet another year. The path he has followed needs to be applauded and respected, as Smith's desire to play major college football never wavered and he cleared every hurdle. He has maturity and toughness, and nobody will appreciate the benefits of playing major college football like Corey Smith will.
WHERE DOES HE FIT IN? Meyer isn't bringing Smith in as a developmental player, and he will expect him to be on the field instantly. Smith will report next summer and be eligible immediately. I would envision Smith playing outside alongside Devin Smith, with Philly Brown being moved inside to his more natural slot position. Smith should be able to help make Braxton Miller a better quarterback, and his precise routes and sure hands are needed. Smith will be battling Mike Thomas, Evan Spencer and Chris Fields for playing time, and I would rank him above all three in talent and experience, but that will be proven in the fall on the football field.
SCOTT KENNEDY'S TAKE: Smith is a big play receiver with his downfield speed and ability to make a man miss or break a tackle after the catch. He plays bigger and stronger than his listed 6'1/180 making him a weapon on the outside or inside at the slot. Can fight the ball at times and doesn't adjust to the ball in the air as well as some of his peers, but few match his ability once the ball is in his hands.