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Penn State football recruiting: Reactions, stats, and highlights for 4-star RB Corey Smith

Reactions, highlights, stats, and more for the newest 4-star Penn State football commit.



Penn State football recruiting, Corey Smith
Apr 15, 2023; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Tank Smith (38) runs with the ball during the fourth quarter of the Blue White spring game at Beaver Stadium. The Blue team defeated the White team 10-0. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

On Friday afternoon, the Penn State football recruiting class added another significant 4-star recruit from Wisconsin. This time, James Franklin secured Corey Smith, a highly sought-after running back and a top-3 prospect in Wisconsin. Smith marks the third top-4 pickup from Wisconsin for Penn State and is expected to be one of the top recruits in the Nittany Lions’ highly-ranked 2024 recruiting class. We have compiled Smith’s impressive stats and highlights, along with our reactions, to give you everything you need to know about Penn State’s newest addition to their football program.

Penn State football recruiting: Corey Smith commits to the Nittany Lions

Yesterday’s commitment from Corey Smith was not a surprise for Penn State football fans as he had been expected to commit to the Nittany Lions for some time and had even announced his commitment date. Nevertheless, there is an unmatched excitement in the air as Penn State football continues to thrive in the world of college football. Coming off a successful Rose Bowl-winning season, the Nittany Lions are poised for another massive season this fall, with a top-5 recruiting class thus far according to the composite rankings.

Personally, I am thrilled about the addition of Corey Smith, who brings a much-needed explosive presence to Penn State’s backfield and will be playing behind the Nittany Lions’ top-notch offensive line. While Smith is a top-20 running back in the class, the addition of Quinton Martin (the No. 1 recruit in PA) is perhaps even more exciting. Together, they could create another explosive 1-2 punch, similar to that of Kaytron Allen and Nick Singleton.

After watching Corey Smith’s film, it’s clear that Penn State football has secured a future star. He is explosive, has good spatial awareness, and when he gets to the second and third levels of the defense, he kicks things into high gear and takes off. At 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, Smith may have a smaller frame compared to Quinton Martin, but this is actually a great advantage for the Nittany Lions as they now have a deadly running back duo and some excellent offensive line commits to complement their skills.

Corey Smith stats and highlights

During his time at Catholic Memorial High School, Corey Smith has impressed with his remarkable highlights, outstanding statistics, and impressive awards. It’s worth noting that Donovan Harbour, a 4-star Penn State offensive tackle commit, also attended the same school. Here’s a rundown of what Smith has accomplished as a high school prospect thus far:


  • 163 carries for 1,302 yards and 26 touchdowns
  • 22 receptions for 357 yards and two touchdowns
  • Six returns for 166 yards and a touchdown
  • over 1,800 all-purpose yards

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Chris Mangum is currently a Penn State student and serves as a writer and editor covering Big Ten athletics. He has served as a beat writer, online reporter, print reporter, and more over the past few years of his career. He currently serves as the managing editor for Basic Blues Nation and others.