June 2, 2009

Four-star WR signee enrolling early

With two wide receivers failing to qualify out of the 2009 signing class it was important that Mississippi State gets as many wideouts to campus as early as possible.

Meridian four-star signee Chris Smith will get a one month head start on things when the 6-foot-1, 191-pounder enrolls for classes in July.

Smith is one of several freshmen receivers expected to contribute in their first year under Dan Mullen's spread offensive attack. Smith stated that he has been in constant communication with wide receivers coach Mark Hudspeth throughout to the offseason to ensure that happens.

"I've talked to Coach Hud and he's told me where he wants me to be at," Smith said. "They are probably going to have me some in the slot and in the flats. He's going to try to work me all around really. Hopefully I will be coming in and playing. You know any colleges will tell you that but I really think that I am going to be able to come in and play."

Smith will have one advantage on the other wide receivers having his high school teammate Tyler Russell at quarterback. Smith has not been immune to the lofty goals that many fans have for himself and Russell but understands there is plenty to work on between now and the Sept. 5 opener with Jackson State.

"I think it's going to be a good thing with me and (Russell) going to the same college," Smith said. "Both of us are going to have to learn the offense before we can do anything. I know that we have had the connection for the longest but we've got to learn the plays and the formations. I think all of that is going to come so we are going to be alright."

Russell enrolled at MSU on Monday along with another Meridian wide receiver Hamp Glover who is walking on the team.

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