The Blue Devils were the first of that quartet to extend an official offer, and though Small says the he's aware of the level of success Duke has attained since the mid 1990s, he's also a believer in head coach David Cutcliffe's ability to turn things around.
"With Duke there is no doubt in my mind that the new coaching staff will get that program winning. They all have professional experience and have all either played or sent players to the league. They should be a lot better this year, and will probably be even better when my class gets there because they are bringing in good players. They've told me they want me to be in that group.
"With NC State and East Carolina you have pretty good football programs and good situations for a running back. I haven't seen too much of either program and want to do that after talking to the coaches. ECU has gotten backs into the league recently - and that's something you have to take notice of."
Still, Cutcliffe and his fellow coaches will likely have to wait a while for Small to move forward in his recruiting process as his senior season approaches and time becomes short.
"I'm waiting to see who offers before my season really gets going. Once that happens I'm going to sit down and map out which official visits I am going to take. I'll only visit those programs who have offered - so right now I'm pretty sure I'll be visiting Duke, NC State, and ECU at least."
Measuring out at 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds, Small has been clocked running a 4.49 forty. He describes himself as a "north-south runner who has good vision and can find and hit the holes."
Through three seasons at Cheraw High, Small has rushed for 5,589 yards and 66 touchdowns in his career, helping to lead his team to 2 straight AA State Championships.
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