It has been a long trip for juco receiver Corey Smith (Scooba, Miss./East Mississippi C.C.), but he is nearing the day he can finally enroll at a Division I school.
Smith is at East Mississippi CC after switching from Grand Rapids CC in Michigan when the football program was shut down.
He will only have to play one season at East Mississippi, though, and he will enroll at a Division I program in January.
“Right now I talk to Georgia a lot, talk to Mississippi State a lot, Tennessee, Ohio State sometimes, Alabama I’ve talked to them a couple times,” Smith said.
Smith, who is from Akron, Ohio, has offers from all of those programs with the exception of Ohio State. However, Smith visited the Buckeyes recently for their spring game in April and is feeling the love from the new staff.
“I feel more comfortable with them,” he said of the new staff. “They’re more honest with me.”
The 6-foot, 180-pound receiver is also excited about the new offense first-year coach Urban Meyer is installing in Columbus.
“I like it a lot. They spread it and they’re going to throw the ball,” Smith said.
“I’m considering them a lot.”
Another program Smith has talked about on several occasions is Georgia.
“They’re looking for a receiver to come in, make big plays, and they see that in me,” Smith said. “They want me to come down on a visit and everything, so I’m going to see.”
Oregon has not offered Smith, but the Ducks are one program Smith hopes to hear from soon. He said his mentor talked to the Ducks' coaches during the 2011 season.
Smith was forced to enroll at a juco last season after it was found his high school eligibility expired following the 2010 season at Akron Buchtel.