Illinois Football Recruiting: Corey Smith Commits to Mississippi State

Just after Corey Smith visited the Hawaii Warriors this weekend, he instead committed to another team. The 2013 four-star wide receiver/cornerback/safety committed to the Mississippi Bulldogs on Sunday. He choose the Bulldogs over offers from teams like Ohio State, Georgia, Hawaii, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Alabama, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Akron, Ball State, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Miami (OH), Nebraska, North Carolina, Penn State, Toledo, and Vanderbilt.

Nov 17, 2012; Starkville, MS, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs helmet during the game between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Arkansas Razorbacks at Davis Wade Stadium. Mississippi State Bulldogs defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks 45-14. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden–USA TODAY Sports

Smith is from Grand Rapids, Michigan, but played for East Mississippi State Community College this season. At wide receiver, he recorded 733 yards on 51 receptions and scored nine touchdowns. In his last game against Northwest Mississippi, he caught 10 passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns.

The four-star recruit is ranked 2nd in the state of Mississippi, 3rd among wide receivers, and 9th overall among junior college recruits by 247Sports. Smith has great hands, can run routes well, and can make catches in traffic.

According to ESPN, Smith is “a crafty route runner with quick hands, quick feet and good, sneaky speed to threaten the deep field.”

Corey Smith currently has three years or two seasons of eligibility left. This means that he still has a redshirt year available.

The Bulldogs now have 21 commitments from the class of 2013.

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Topics: Corey Smith, Football, Illinois Fighting Illini, Mississippi State Bulldogs, Recruiting

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