July 20, 2010

Spartans offer 2012 Ohio Wideout

One of the top performers at the Michigan State Camp last week was 2012 wide receiver prospect Corey Smith of Akron Buchtel High School. Smith showed the type of ability that will make him one of the top recruits in Ohio and the Midwest for next year. Spartanmag.com has some details on this dynamic playmaker.

We caught up with Smith and asked him about his measurable and his scholarship offers.

My measurables are the following: Ht: 6-foot-0, Wt: 175-pounds, 40: 4.5, Smith said. "I currently hold four offers, Michigan State, Toledo, Miami (OH), and Akron."

The Michigan State scholarship offer came shortly after the Spartan Camp. At the camp Smith showed all of the tools that the staff likes to see. Smith came in and out of his breaks very cleanly; he showed good hands and the ability to make people miss in the open-field. We asked him about the Spartan Camp and his subsequent scholarship offer from Michigan State.

I think the camp was very good as it consisted great talent. Throughout the camping process I have been compared to 2011 WR DeAnthony Arnett, and this was my first time I had the opportunity to camp with him. At this time we developed a relationship and we often heard the coaches call us twin brothers because our games were so similar. I loved the experience and the time I shared with all the coaches, especially Recruiting Coordinator Coach Narduzzi. I spent a lot of time talking to coach Dantonio and my offer came directly from him. The MSU offer meant a lot to me because I really had them in my Top 5 schools before I attended the camp."

The Arnett comparison is in SpartanMag.com opinion very appropriate. Smith not only is around the same size as Arnett, but his style of play and his ability turn defenders around was similar. Arnett was offered his Spartan scholarship following an outstanding camp performance as a junior to be. The offer to Smith was not a surprise considering his skill set is on par with Arnett's when he camped at Michigan State last year.

Spartanmagc.om asked Smith if he got a chance to see the Michigan state campus and if he has any ties to the school

"The facilities overall were great and I liked the campus, but the best time was experiencing the view from the press box I already have a cousin that played as a true freshmen there (Johnny Adams CB) and he often talks to me about a lot of things to look for in the recruiting process, and playing early is definitely one of my goals, and MSU has shown me that the potential to play early is there.

The year that Smith would arrive at Michigan State, the Spartans will be graduating KeShawn Martin, B.J Cunningham and Keith Nichol. The opportunity to play early and log significant minutes will be available. Even if DeAnthony Arnett is at Michigan State, the departure of 3 seniors would open up significant playing time. I doubt fellow Big Ten teams would want to deal with a combination of Arnett and Smith.

Smith indicated that he plans on coming back up to Michigan State on the 18th of September to see the Spartans take on Notre Dame. He indicated that he has spoken with 2011 All-American DeAnthony Arnett and Doran Grant and they plan on attending that match-up as well. Grant is actually a cousin of Smith and Smith is looking forward to playing against him this fall.

"My expectations are to become an All-American recruit. I want to be the #1 wide receiver in the Midwest and top 5 in the country. I want to be the best player I can be and I want to score a couple of touchdowns on my older cousin (Doran Grant) when we meet them this fall."

In addition to Michigan State, Smith is hearing from Penn State, Ohio State, North Carolina, UCLA, USC, Oregon, and Tennessee.

Akron Buchtel High School is looking to make a resurgence to the elite level of yester-year and Smith hopes to help lead that charge. Buchtel Head Coach Ricky Powers has the program moving in the right direction. Powers, a Buchtel legend, was named Akron City Series Coach of the Year last fall. If anyone can help Buchtel reach an elite status and the players there go onto bigger and better accomplishments it is Powers.

Spartanmag.com will be sure to keep following the recruitment of Smith as it unfolds. Smith will certainly be a player that the Michigan State staff actively recruits throughout the coming year. By already having a Spartan offer he is in rare company and is high on the Michigan state board for 2012.

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