Corey Smith, a four-star wide receiver by 247.com and Rivals.com from Akron, Ohio, announced his commitment to the University of Tennessee on Friday.
Smith, a 6-0, 175-pound member of the class of 2012, chose Tennessee over North Carolina, West Virgina and Illinois, as well as having a strong interest in Ohio State. He also had offers from Alabama, Georgia, Notre Dame and Penn State before narrowing his choices.
However, Smith, who transferred midway through high school, has academic issues heading into what would be his senior season at Buchtel High School.
His coach there, Ricky Powers, told the Akron Beacon Journal that, while Smith was eligible to come back and play one more season there, the fact that he has been in high school four years, and the fact that he has Division I interest means that the school "won't allow him to come back here and play high school football" because they feel like he deserves his chance to play collegiate football.
Smith will attend East Mississippi Community College as he tries to become eligible for Tennessee. He joins Imani Cross, a 6-0, 215-pound running back from Gainesville, Ga., as Derek Dooley’s first two commitments for the class of 2012.