Smalling on First Offer

The first offer is in for Chicago Brother Rice rising sophomore wide receiver Ricky Smalling -- check out more below.

Chicago Brother Rice rising sophomore Ricky Smalling picked up his first offer late Tuesday, from Virginia.

"My coach texted me saying to call the coach from Virginia and my dad had already been in contact with them," Smalling said. "So then I called my dad and he gave me the big news."

The offer came as a surprise for the 5-foot-11, 175-pound prospect who has just started really seeing schools show a lot of interest in him.

"I was surprised because I hadn't heard from Virginia before," Smalling said. "So I was surprised."

But the first offer was a feeling that Smalling won't soon forget.

"It feels good and knowing that my hard work has finally been recognized," Smalling said.

As for Virginia, it is a school that Smalling plans to learn more about over the coming years as his recruitment moves forward.

"I don't really know much about them so I have to go do some homework on them," Smalling said. "The one thing that I can say about UVA is that they are a division one college which is great."

This offseason has been a big one for Smalling, who is expected to play a big roll on the field for Brother Rice's offense.

"I think I have improved on my speed, route running, and strength," Smalling said.

Scout Football Top Stories