One of the top sleepers to come out of the Spring and Summer has been Huguenot (Richmond, VA) defensive back Sean Smalls . Not a sleeper to many coaches in central Virginia, Smalls led the Dominion District in interceptions with 6 as a junior last season. This summer, Smalls has taken advantage of the Nike Camp opportunities to show off his athletic abilities.
“He’s 6-1, 185-pounds,” Huguenot Head Coach Richard McFee said. “He ran a 4.51 in the 40 during the Nike Camp at Penn State. He bench pressed 185-pounds 12 times, jumped a 32-inch vertical, and ran a 3.87 in the 20-yard shuttle. He was voted the best defensive back during the Virginia and Penn State Nike Camps and the #1 defensive back in Penn State’s summer football camp.”
Smalls, who is being recruited by some schools to play safety but most to play cornerback, covers opposing teams’ top receiver in each game.
“Sean is our cover corner,” McFee said. “Whoever we play, Sean covers their best receiver one on one and we worry about the rest of the team. He has excellent coverage skills. He’ll be the captain of our team this year.”
According to McFee, several big-name programs have extended written scholarship offers to Smalls. Penn State is the current leader on Smalls’ list.
“I’d say Penn State is kind of a leader,” McFee said. “He has written offers from Penn State, Maryland, Ohio State, Michigan, UCLA, and Arizona State.”
Ohio State, UCLA, and Maryland join Penn State near the top of the list according to McFee.
“Other than Penn State, he also likes Ohio State, UCLA and Maryland,” McFee said. “[For Penn State], #1 is that he likes the school. #2 with the Penn State situation was that he wants the opportunity to play for Coach Paterno. Penn State already has a commitment from our wide receiver [Kevin Cousins]. They may have the upper hand because Sean and Kevin would like to go to the same school. At the same time, every man has to travel his own path.”
According to McFee, Virginia and Virginia Tech have not extended written scholarship offers. He says if they did, either one could be tough to beat for his top defensive back.
“Honestly, if Virginia or Virginia Tech put an offer in writing, one of them could be difficult to beat,” McFee said. “Sean’s parents want him to stay close to home, and you don’t get much closer than those two.”
With the season just around the corner, McFee is confident Smalls will have...
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