May 11, 2011

Rivals250 receiver to decide between five

Akron (Ohio) Buchtel wide receiver Corey Smith was recently rewarded with the No. 178 spot on the first edition of the Rivals250.

The 6-foot, 170-pound prospect is one of the top play makers in the state of Ohio and has drawn offers from schools all over the country.

Smith is closing in on a decision and has a small pool of schools that he will be choosing from.

"It's between Illinois, West Virginia, Tennessee, Ohio State and North Carolina," Smith told Rivals.com on Wednesday evening.

"I don't have a day set yet but I'm going to decide next week. I think I'm going to do a press conference. I've sort of got it in my mind what I want to do a little bit, but I'm not sure."

Smith said once he makes his decision he will consider himself a solid verbal commitment and will shut down the recruiting process.

While he didn't have a lot to say about each of the schools recruiting him he did shed a little light on what he likes about each of the schools remaining on his list.

"Illinois, I like the coaches and that's mostly it," Smith said.

"With West Virginia I like the offense.

"I like Tennessee's coaches and facilities.

"Ohio State, I really like their facilities.

"North Carolina, I like their coaches, their facilities and their program," he concluded.

Each of those finalists has been recruiting Smith as a wide receiver. Last fall in 15 games Smith caught 52 passes for 1,161 yards and 16 touchdowns.

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