As Corey Smith was leaving Mississippi State's campus, the 2013 receiver from East Mississippi Community College had his mind made up. Throughout his official visit this weekend Smith kept seeing a good opportunity to make an impact at Mississippi State.
Before leaving campus Sunday, the 5-foot-11 and 185-pound Smith followed through with his feelings and committed to the Bulldogs. He became the second commit of the day for MSU and the 21st commit of the Class of 2013.
"When I was leaving I met with Coach (Dan) Mullen and I committed," said Smith, an Akron, Ohio, native. "All of the coaches were so excited and they all started yelling. It was all about the opportunity I have there and knowing they have a great quarterback (Tyler Russell) coming back just made it even better."
Smith is rated a four-star prospect by 247Sports with a rating of 95. He is rated as the nation's second-best junior college receiver prospect and the 9th-best junior college prospect regardless of position by 247Sports.
Smith also held offers from Ohio State, Tennessee, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Iowa among many others. He is a former 2011 Tennessee signee and currently teammates with fellow 2013 MSU commit Justin Cox, who also took his official visit to MSU this weekend.
"I know Justin is a great player and it's cool we are staying teammates," said Smith. "It shows you what kind of talent Mississippi State is getting and what kind of team we will have next season."
This past season Smith had 51 catches for 733 yards and nine touchdowns to lead EMCC en route to NJCAA All-American and All-Region 23 honors. He noted he will likely line up at a pair of receiver positions at MSU.
"Mississippi State said they would use me at inside and outside receiver," said Smith. "Talking to Coach (Tim) Brewster and Coach (Les) Koenning, I like how they use their receivers and they did a great job of getting the ball to guys like Bump (Chad Bumphis) last year. With a lot of those guys leaving I want to come in and help us not miss a beat."
Also on Sunday, Jeremey Chappelle of Tyler (Texas) Community College committed to MSU and Smith noted of what the Bulldog coaches expect of them.
"Jeremey is a cool guy and I got to know him a bit this weekend," said Smith. "The (MSU) coaches let us know what they expect of us next year and that is for both of us to earn a starting spot and to contribute."
Naturally with Smith making his college decision, his official visit met all of his expectations. He was also able to get a good glimpse of his future surroundings at Mississippi State and received a good idea of the mindset of the players there.
"LaDarius Perkins was my host and it is easy to see they are all about hard work," said Smith. "You can see the competitiveness they all have and how hard they work. Plus, knowing I will be in the SEC is a great accomplishment for me and it shows that I know how to work hard, too. It is just going to be a great fit for me and I am going to give them all I have every day."
Expected to be a May graduate, Smith said his official visit to MSU was his first and his last.
"I am done now visiting," said Smith. "I was going to see Ohio State and Tennessee next month. But I have found my spot now and I just want to focus on preparing myself to get there in the summer."
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