September 12, 2010

Smith has never seen a scene like Ohio State

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Akron (Ohio) Buchtel wide receiver Corey Smith has been a fast riser on many recruiting boards. The 6-foot-0, 170 pound Ohioan already has seen a handful of offers come in and interest continues to pour in as more and more schools see tape of Smith in action.

Smith is the cousin of four star recruit (class of 2011) Doran Grant but even without a highly prized relative the interest would all be the same for Smith. The class of 2012 star made the short trip down to Columbus over the weekend to check out the Buckeyes during their game against Miami and things went extremely well for Smith who was blown away with what he saw.

"It was a great experience," Smith said. "That is the first really big game that I have ever been to, either college or NFL. It is so much better than watching it on television, just being there in person (laugh). It was a great experience."

While the game itself was a positive experience for Smith even walking around the Ohio State campus area was something special seeing the rabidness of the Ohio State fans and how they felt about their football and their football team.

"I have never seen anything like that." Smith said. "They are so serious about their football. I was walking down the street and would yell, 'O-H' and they would all yell, 'I-O and Ohio]. I had such a good time there."

Smith had a chance to spend some time with current Ohio State commit Devin Smith and spend a lot of time with the players out of Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville high school including Aundrey Walker, Shane Wynn, Andre Sturdivant and Cardale Jones.

The Buckeye coaches have been in contact with Smith during the process but Smith had admitted in an earlier interview that the coaches have been telling him to stay diligent in the classroom and keep the grades up. On Saturday Smith had a chance to exchange words with a couple of the coaches and felt that everything is still moving forward in a positive manner.

"I had a chance to talk to the coaches after the game, Coach Darrell Hazell asked me how I have been doing and told me to stay in touch," Smith said. "Coach Jim Bollman asked me if I had a good time and everything."

A third Ohio State coach chimed in as well and Smith was very excited when he had a chance to spend a little bit more time with cornerback coach Taver Johnson.

"Coach Johnson he really seems like he is interested," Smith said. "He wanted me to give him a call and make sure that he has my email address but he already knows me from when I was at the O-State camp."

Smith projects as a wide receiver in the database but is there a possibility that defense could be in the future? The Buckeyes are not closed to that direction and asked Smith how he felt about it.

"He asked me what I wanted to do, if I wanted to play offense or defense or play both ways if I went there," Smith said. "I told him that I was cool playing both ways."

Plenty of other schools are in the mix including Michigan State, LSU, Virginia, Boston College, Penn State, Duke, Vanderbilt, Syracuse and Clemson to name a few. The Tennessee Volunteers have been making a heavy push recently and have been up front with Smith in their intentions.

"They told me that I am the No.1 receiver on their board for the class of 2012," Smith said.

Smith has maintained that he is in no hurry to make any sort of cuts in his list at this point and is receptive to all schools that are interested in him.


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