January 18, 2011

Narduzzi keeping tabs on Smith

One of the top players in the nation for next year will be wide receiver Corey Smith[/db[ of Akron Buchtel High School in Ohio. Michigan State has already offered the silky-smooth wideout and Coach Pat Narduzzi is keeping close tabs on the 6-foot-1, 175-pound prospect. SpartanMag.com caught up with Smith and got the latest.

Last summer Smith attended the Michigan State 1-Day Elite Camp and impressed people with his ability. Many who were watching teh camp found it hard to distinguish from Smith and All-American [db]DeAnthony Arnett despite him being a year younger. Smith was offered a scholarship by Michigan State shortly afterwards and has kept in frequent contact with the Spartan Staff.

"I talk just talked with Coach Narduzzi last night, He tells me to cal him anytime. He has been by school several times this year. I was up at Michigan State this past fall for the Notre dame game. I really liked it up there, I like ho w the crowd has a lot of sprit up there and how they support the team."

Since picking up his offer form the Spartans, Smith has seen his offer list steadily expand. He talked about the teams that have offered and the teams showing a lot of interest.

"Michigan State, North Carolina, Toledo, Akron, Miami of Ohio and Kent State have already offered me. Tennessee is showing a lot of interest and they seem close to offering I also hear from LSU a lot. Notre Dame, Iowa, Penn State, Oregon, Indiana, and Boston College all those school have been in contact with me as well as a lot of other schools."

The high level of early interest for Smith is not a surprise. This past fall he caught 52 passes for 1161-yards and scored 16 touchdowns for Akron Buchtel High School. His play earned him All-District and All-State honors. He was also named City Wide Receiver of the Year.

Smith has a busy couple of months ahead he plans on hitting several Junior Day events.

"I am going to Toledo's Junior Day and I also am trying to get down to LSU. I am sure I will go to a lot more. I will probably come back up to Michigan State as well with my teammate. his name Jarrod Wilson. He is a safety prospect and he is getting looked at as well. Coach Narduzzi said he was going to be reviewing his film. We may go to the same college if things work out."

Smith is not in a hurry to make his college choice, but the early high-level of interest by Michigan State has not gone unnoticed. Smith is also aware the Spartans did not get a commitment from Arnett. That fact, coupled with the graduation of 3 seniors means that early playing time could be available for the right player.

Stay tuned to SpartanMag.com for all the latest updates on the recruitment of Smith. It is obvious that he is one of the players the staff is making a top priority for the class of 2012.

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