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Why Corey Smith Was a Huge Get for Ohio State's Offense

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 1:  Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes yells out encouragement to his team during the second quarter against the Miami Redhawks on September 1, 2012 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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Austin KempAnalyst IJanuary 31, 2013

Corey Smith decommitted from Mississippi State and gave his commitment to Urban Meyer and The Ohio State Buckeyes on Tuesday afternoon. 

Smith is a junior college prospect who is ranked a 4-Star by Scout.com.  As you remember, Smith attended high school in Ohio and has to be considered a huge get for Ohio State.  

With the Buckeyes lacking elite receivers on the roster, Corey Smith is being brought in to compete for playing time right away.  Playing at East Mississippi Community College in 2012, the 6’1" wideout was named to the first team NJCAA Region 23 team this past November. 

As it looks right now, when the Buckeyes take the field next season, you’ll see Corey Smith and Devin Smith on the outside, with Philly Brown moving into the slot position, which could be more natural for him.

Devin Smith will still be considered the deep threat but Corey will be counted on to move the chains.  Corey Smith has a lot more in the arsenal than just being a possession receiver, though.  He has the speed to take it to the house, and the elusiveness to evade defenders, something Buckeye’s receivers lacked last season. 

According to Cleveland.com’s Doug Lesmerises, Smith’s high school coach said, “I love the Big Ten, and I played in the Big Ten, and Corey is fast. You've never seen someone run routes like this. He's deceptively fast, and he can catch. If Ohio State got him, God bless them, they'll win a lot of games with him.”

With numbers starting to tighten for Ohio State, the Buckeyes have room for just a few more prospects.  Coach Meyer is still going after Vonn Bell, Dontre Wilson, Ryan Timmons, and James Clark.  It should be a fun week for Buckeye Nation as the final touches are put on the 2013 recruiting class. 

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