September 24, 2012

Four-star JUCO WR names favorites

Corey Smith was one of the nation's highest rated wide receiver recruits in 2011.

The Akron, Ohio four-star standout eventually signed with Tennessee only to find out he would not meet graduation requirements at his high school.

Smith wasted little time in enrolling at Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College in what would have been his senior year where he started as a true freshman. The former Rivals250 member made 28 catches for 438 yards and two touchdowns and returned four punts for 128 yards for the Raiders.

Smith then transferred to defending national champion East Mississippi Community College for this sophomore season. He currently leads the Lions with 20 catches for 385 yards and four touchdowns averaging 19.2 yards per catch and 96.2 yards per game.

"It's slower for me now because I played last year," Smith said. "Last year it was kind of fast for me but this year it's slower."

The six-foot, 180-pounder's best performance came in week three making seven grabs for 158 yards and two touchdowns against Southwest Mississippi. He followed up with a four catch, 49 yard showing last week against Mississippi Delta helping EMCC get off to a 4-0 start.

"It was a good performance," Smith said. "We are getting better as a team every week. Everybody is playing their role. I might have a game where I have three catches or I might have eight catches. It's just about having everybody contributing."

Smith is receiving just as much attention this time through the recruiting process as he did two years ago. He has picked up scholarship offers from Akron, Alabama, Ball State, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Miami-Ohio, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Penn State, Tennessee, Toledo, Vanderbilt, Washington and West Virginia.

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