- Brian Bennett, ESPN Staff Writer
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Even if you only occasionally heard Ohio State coach Urban Meyer talk about his team last year, you most likely heard him address what he felt was the Buckeyes' biggest weakness: playmaking ability at wide receiver.
Devin Smith made some highlight plays early, and Corey Brown evolved into a very dependable wideout. But Ohio State still lacked speed and depth at the position and had a difficult time stretching the field with its offense.
Which is why Tuesday afternoon's news should be encouraging to Buckeyes fans. Junior-college wide receiver Corey Smith, who had been committed to Mississippi State, switched his pledge to Meyer and Ohio State. The Akron, Ohio, product had 51 catches for 733 yards and nine touchdowns for East Mississippi Community College last season.
Here's a little of the scouting report on the 6-1, 180-pounder from ESPN's Recruiting Nation: "He is still lean and wiry with good height and very good body control. Smith works to get open with precision steps and spacing and has the feet and burst to gain separation out of the break. He is primarily an outside player in this scheme and uses his quick feet to set up defensive backs and runs crisp, short and intermediate routes. He takes little time to reach top speed and has the explosive first step to drive defenders off the ball."
Smith is the third wide receiver in Ohio State's 2013 class, joining Taivon Jacobs and Jalin Marshall. With Devin Smith and Corey Brown back, along with Jordan Hall, the youngsters could give Meyer and quarterback Braxton Miller more options next year. The tough part will be trying not to confuse Corey Smith with the two Corey Browns on the roster, and if the Buckeyes' three starting receivers are ever Corey Brown, Devin Smith and Corey Smith, pity the poor play-by-play man.
And the fact that Meyer swiped this latest commitment from an SEC school has got to bring a few smiles to Buckeye land.
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