February 4, 2009

State earns Smith's signature

Meridian, Miss., four-star wide receiver Chris Smith committed to Mississippi State back in April and has never wavered from his original decision.

On Wednesday, Smith was able to make things official when he signed a national letter of intent to wear maroon and white next season.

Smith will be teamed once again in college with his high school quarterback Tyler Russell. The duo hooked up plenty of times over the past two seasons at Meridian. Smith caught 70 passes this season for 1,076 and 10 touchdowns. He averaged 15.37 yards per catch and also 71.7 yards per game. As a junior, Smith hauled in 54 passes for 876 yards and seven scores.

Smith helped the Wildcats claim an overtime win over South Panola in the 5A State Championship game and finish the season with a 14-1 record. The win made national headlines after snapping South Panola's 89-game winning streak.

Smith believes he and Russell can take their winning ways on to the next level at Mississippi State.

"Our plans are to try to get an SEC Championship," Smith said. "We know that in the near future it's going to be a big step. Our whole lives are going to be something different. I'm just looking forward to winning more championships and win more games than what they are used to."

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