VERBAL: Beavs land JUCO corner

OREGON STATE CONTINUED on their recruiting roll Monday, with a College of Sequoias cornerback, one of the top JUCO cornerbacks in the West, making the call to go black and orange. Not only that, he'll be up at OSU in a matter of days.

College of Sequoias corner Cory Smith was impressed on his official visit to Oregon State over the weekend.

"The visit went nice, everything was smooth there and I had a good time. In fact, I verbally committed there," said Smith. "I committed to Coach (Mike) Riley and he's pretty excited about it."

Smith had visited Nevada two weeks ago, but the trip to Oregon State sealed the deal.

"They (the coaches) all seemed like cool guys," said Smith. "I also like Nevada, and that was where I first wanted to play. But I felt the coaches at Oregon State did a better job recruiting me. I took a visit to Nevada, and felt like it was a good fit. But things didn't work out. Oregon State made me feel like that was the best place."

A native of Florida, Smith came out to the West Coast to play his JC ball. Having watched many college games, he realized he'd be more challenged in the Pac-10.

"I felt like the Pac-10 would be a better fit for me," said Smith. "The offenses in the West, they run a lot of spread and they throw the ball more. I feel like I could shine on defense against these offenses. It is great to play in the Pac-10 and it is an honor. I'm thankful Oregon State is giving me a spot to make an impact on the team."

At 6-2.5, 185, Smith has the size to play any spot in the secondary, but he wants to stick with cornerback. With Oregon State losing two top notch starting corners to graduation in Brandon Hughes and Keenan Lewis, corner is a top priority, though the safety spot also loses two starting seniors in Al Afalava and Greg Laybourn.

"I feel with my height, I'm able to be used as an advantage against receivers, so I want to stay at corner," said Smith.

Smith graduated from COS this past week, and is done with junior college.

"Oregon State wants me to come up on January 1st and do my paperwork. I'll be playing spring ball at Oregon State," said Smith.

Smith gave a lot of credit for his growth as a player to head coach Curtis Allen and defensive backs coach Tony Perry.

"Coach Perry is a great coach, I enjoy playing for him. One thing about Coach Perry is he built my confidence, he made me the player that I am now. He put it into my head that no receiver could stop me. Coach Allen, before Coach Perry, got there, made me into a great player too. And my dad gets a lot of the credit. He was always on me, telling me to get my head straight and take care of business in the classroom. He was a big part of my decision."

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