Smalls Getting Big-Time Attention
Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood High School defensive tackle/offensive guard Darius Smalls is still awaiting his first scholarship offer as spring practice nears completion in the state of Florida. The 6-foot-3 and 345-pound junior has been gaining the interest of several of the top football programs in the southeast. Both Smalls and Sandalwood head coach Adam Geis believe it is only a matter of time before the offers start to roll in. "Darius is a definite Division I player. He has unbelievable strength and power. He benches 380-pounds, squats 500-pounds and power cleans 300-pounds. Darius moves pretty well for a big guy and will play as a head-up nose for us this year. His best position might be offensive guard which he will play in our big package. He is mean," said Coach Geis of Smalls. The rising senior has been hearing from over a dozen programs this spring. Smalls say that most schools are holding off on offering until they see him in camp this summer and/or because they are waiting on Smalls to take either the SAT or ACT. "Spring has been pretty good. Most everyone wants to see me at camp to see how I work and to see how I move. Most everyone is close to offering. Miami (Fla.), Florida State, South Carolina and Michigan State have been on me hard and want to see me in camp," began Smalls of his recruitment. The a host of other schools that have also expressed interest in the big lineman. "Louisville, Purdue, Duke, Ole Miss, North Carolina, UCF, USF, FAU, FIU, Georgia, Georgia Southern and East Carolina," answered Small when asked what other programs had been in contact this spring. Smalls says the message is the just about the same from all the schools recruiting him. "Everyone pretty much likes my size and the way I move. Miami is looking for a defensive tackle that is a solid run-stopper so they have been on me pretty hard," said Smalls of the general message he has been receiving from recruiters including the Hurricanes. The rising senior plans to attend several camps this summer in pursuit of his first offer. He also says that he has a clear favorite. "I am going to attend camp at Miami, Georgia and I am going to try to go to South Carolina. I want to go to Michigan State but not sure if I am yet. I grew up a Miami fan so they are off the charts number one. Miami, Duke, Purdue, South Carolina and Michigan State would be my top five at this time," finished Smalls. Please check back for future updates on Darius Smalls.
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