After a big junior season, Cody Small of Cy-Woods High School in Houston's Cypress cluster, decided he wanted to play on the 7-on-7 summer team. His coaches agreed moving him from defensive end to tight end/wide receiver. The move paid off resulting in numerous offers, but there was one place he visited this summer that "felt right."
"When I was at Kansas State, I liked everything about the program," said Cody Small. "For them to offer me at tight end without ever seeing my play a snap (at the position), just my highlight film from camps, to show me that much respect, really impressed me.
"Coach (Dana) Dimel told me Coach Snyder makes the final decision. They had verbally offered at camp, but I received an official letter from Coach Snyder offering a full ride and letting me know they wanted me to be part of the Wildcat family."
Small, 6-foot-4, 245-pounds, ran a 4.58 40-yard dash at the Texas Tech and TCU camps. As a junior defensive end, he amassed 88 tackles (47 solo), five sacks, and two forced fumbles. Small made All-District honorable mention in 2010, but relishes his future position at tight end.
"I was thrilled when the coaches wanted to move me (to tight end) because it was a position I've always seen myself playing," Small stated. "It's nice that Coach Dimel is not only my recruiting coach, but is also going to be my position coach.
"Some schools were recruiting me as more of a blocking tight end, but he told me I was going to be an awesome receiving and blocking tight end. I don't want to limit my ability because I feel like I can contribute to the offense catching the ball."
Small had received offers from Rice, Wyoming, Air Force, and McNeese State with Texas Tech and TCU showing strong interest. Small says it wouldn't matter if other schools do offer, he's firmly committed to the Wildcats.
"At the other camps I went to things didn't seem to click," Small said. "The atmosphere in Manhattan is great. It's a very nice area. I love the coaches. I know they can get hired at other places or fired at any time, but they sold me on the program.
"They wrote me letters asking how I was and telling me how they were doing. It made me feel like they cared about me more than just a football player. Everything you want to see is there; great facilities, great academics, and a great football program."
The Cy-Woods Wildcats are off to a 1-1 start. They play in the fiercely competitive Texas 5A classification. In the past two seasons, which Small has played a major role, they've been knocked out in the 4th round of the playoffs. Going a step further is now Small's main focus.
"We've had some of our defensive linemen go down with injury, so I went back to defensive end," said Small. "Now that I've committed I don't have to worry about impressing anyone, and I can just have fun and play fast.
"I'm a team captain, so I want to encourage the other players and make plays for us. I'm tired of losing in the forth round. I want to win State."
Small is an A/B honor roll at Cy-Woods. He also competes in shot put where he placed first in the district in the spring. From an athletic family, his mother played basketball at Arkansas-Monticello and his father played football at Western Colorado. With the Cy-Wood schedule he plans on taking his Kansas State official visit after the season.
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