Buckeyes land JUCO wide receiver for 2013 class

JUCO transfer Corey Smith pledged his to allegiance to head coach Urban Meyer and Buckeye Nation earlier today after he decommitted from Mississippi State and verbally committed to Ohio State.

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Smith, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound wide receiver from East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, Mississippi, is a four-star recruit by Rivals.com. Smith, who attended Buchtel High School in Akron, had 50 receptions for 721 yards and nine touchdowns while helping the EMCC Lions to an 8-2 record in 2012.

Along with Ohio State and Mississippi State, Smith also had offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Penn State, Syracuse, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Washington and West Virginia, just to name a few.

Though Smith was highly recruited coming out of high school with several scholarship offers, due to his lack of core credits, Smith had to go the junior college route in order to appease the NCAA. It’s my understanding that Smith played two seasons at Barberton before transferring to Buchtel, but enrolled at the new school as a sophomore instead of a junior because of his lack of core credit grades.

THE 2013 RECRUITING CLASS
Already enrolled for Spring Semester:
CB – Eli Apple from Eastern High School in Voorhees, N.J.
QB – J.T. Barrett from S.H. Rider High School in Wichita Falls, Tex.
CB – Cameron Burrows from Trotwood-Madison High School in Trotwood, Ohio
FB – William Houston from Dublin Scioto High School in Dublin, Ohio (preferred walk-on)
DE – Tyquan Lewis from Tarboro High School in Tarboro, N.C.
DE – Tracy Sprinkle from Elyria High School in Elyria, Ohio

Solid Verbals:
TE – Marcus Baugh from J.W. North High School in Riverside, Calif.
DE – Joey Bosa from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
WR/DB – Gareon Conley from Massillon Washington in Massillon, Ohio
RB – Ezekiel Elliott from John Burroughs School in St. Louis, Mo.
OT – Tim Gardner from Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis, Ind.
DT – Michael Hill from Pendleton High School in Pendleton, S.C.
WR – Taivon Jacobs from Suitland High School in District Heights, Md.
ATH – Darron Lee from New Albany High School in New Albany, Ohio
DE – Tyquan Lewis from Tarboro High School in Tarboro, N.C.
OT – Evan Lisle from Centerville High School in Centerville, Ohio
ATH – Jalin Marshall from Middletown High School in Middletown, Ohio
DT – Donovan Munger from Shaker Heights High School in Shaker Heights, Ohio
DT – Billy Price from Fitch High School in Youngstown, Ohio
WR – Corey Smith from East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, Miss.
DE – Tracy Sprinkle from Elyria High School in Elyria, Ohio
DB – Jayme Thompson from Central Catholic High School in Toledo, Ohio
PT – Johnny Townsend from Boone High School in Orlando, Fla.
LB – Christopher Worley from Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio

Soft Verbals:
LB – Trey Johnson from Central Gwinnett High School in Lawrenceville, Ga.
RB – Ezekiel Elliott from John Burroughs School in St. Louis, Mo.