COLUMBUS, Ohio – Urban Meyer’s recruiting machine has produced another high-profile verbal commitment in junior college wide receiver Corey Smith, who played high school football at Akron Buchtel.
Multiple sites, including Scout.com, reported Smith’s commitment late Tuesday afternoon.
Smith (6’1, 190) played one year at Grand Rapids Community College and last year at East Mississippi Community College.
Smith had committed to Mississippi State in December. Scout.com lists him as a four-star prospect, giving Ohio State verbal commitments from 14 four-star prospects and three pledges from five-star prospects.
National Signing Day is next Wednesday, Feb. 6.
EYES ON THE FUTURE: The recruiting for another Akron native, St. Vincent-St. Mary’s Parris Campbell, is just starting to heat up — and Ohio State is hoping Campbell will make a decision to stay in his home state.
Campbell, who’s just 15, is a rising star in the class of 2014. When it comes to Ohio State, he said he’s been speaking mostly with assistant coach Mike Vrabel and Mark Pantoni, Meyer’s director of player personnel.
“They’ve been telling me they want to make me a Buckeye,” Campbell said. “It’s a verbal offer — nothing official yet. They’ve been in contact since the state (championship) game.”
Campbell said he’s in no rush to make a college decision and that he’s flattered by the interest he’s received from Ohio State and name-brand programs nationwide.
“I’ve got another high school season ahead of me,” he said. “I’m going to take my time and make sure the decision I make is the right one.”
Campbell scored 28 touchdowns last season for St. V-M’s Div. III state championship team. He’s one of three highly-touted and highly recruited prospects from St. V-M in the class of 2014. Linebackers Dante Booker and Newman Williams are also drawing interest and offers from top programs.
Asked if it’s hard to say ‘no’ to Meyer, Campbell smiled.
“It is,” Campbell said. “But I don’t want to say anything yet. We’ll see how it goes.”