New Orleans (La.) O. Perry Walker defensive end Corey Smith is blessed.
At 6-6, 255 pounds, Smith is blessed with size and athleticism, and over the course of the recruiting process he has been blessed to receive offers from the likes of Arkansas, Arizona State, Louisville, Miami, Colorado, Kentucky, Purdue, Cincinnati, and Illinois.
With such blessings come hard decisions, and as signing day approaches Smith is finding his choices increasingly difficult.
"It's hard right now. It's a hard decision," Smith said. "Really it's Kentucky, Louisville, Tulane, and Arizona State. They all bring the same thing to the table. They have the same depth charts and stuff so all of them are basically equal. That's the hard part."
In late June, Smith chose Tulane, but he decided to re-open his recruitment. He has taken official visits to Arizona State (January 11), Tulane (January 18), and Kentucky (January 25). He has built strong relationships with the coaching staffs at each of his final programs.
It has been easy for him to see either way he goes he can have success. That knowledge helps but it has also made things hard down the stretch.
While he is still looking at his final four and claims they are all equal, he feels confident he will have a decision by tomorrow morning and be ready to sign.
"I think I'm going to decide by signing day," Smith said.
So by around 9 a.m. on Wednesday we should know the answer, and one lucky program will receive the Letter of Intent from the No. 26 ranked player in the state of Louisiana.