Former Buchtel wide receiver Corey Smith will now be playing top-level college football closer to home.
A little more than a week before next Wednesday's national signing day, Smith flipped his commitment from Mississippi State to Ohio Stat today.
Smith starred on the 2010 Buchtel team that was the state runner-up in Division III in 2010. That season, Smith caught 52 passes for more than 1,100 yards and 16 touchdowns.
He had to attend East Mississippi Community College to get his academics in order. For EMCC this season, Smith had 51 receptions for 733 yards and nine touchdowns.
Most recruiting services rate the speedy Smith as a four-star prospect. He is the 23rd commitment in Ohio State's class this year.
Smith has two years of college eligibility remaining. He had offers from Akron, Alabama, Arkansas, Ball State, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Miami, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas, Toledo and Vanderbilt.
Smith was one of the many players who visited Columbus last weekend. He was offered a scholarship by Ohio State in October. He initially committed to Mississippi State and head coach Dan Mullen in early December. Mullen was the offensive coordinator for Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer at Florida.