Small Reflects On Official Visit To OSU

Cleveland Glenville standout Ray Small made a weekend official visit to Ohio State. He discusses how the visit went as well as where else he plans to visit before making his college choice. Click here for more.

Cleveland Glenville wide receiver/defensive back Ray Small is back from his weekend official visit to Ohio State.

Small (6-0, 180, 4.3) was hosted by OSU freshman defensive back Jamario O'Neal, a former teammate of Small's at Glenville.

"I had a real good time," Small said. "I enjoyed watching them practice. It was a lot of fun when we went out. I also had a meeting with every coach. They were pretty nice.

"I would say I hit it of with Coach (Darrell) Hazell, the receivers coach. Me and him kind of clicked a little bit. They are recruiting me on offense."

Small made his official visit with his Glenville teammates Robert Rose, a defensive end, and Bryant Browning, an offensive lineman.

He visited USC previously and now plans to see Tennessee Dec. 9 and Michigan State Dec. 16.

"The only other school I'm looking at is North Carolina, but I have not set up a visit there yet," Small said. "I will probably make my decision in January."

When asked if he has a favorite, he replied, "No, I really don't have a favorite. I just want to take my visits."

Small is ranked as the state's No. 7 prospect by Ohio High. He also checks in at No. 10 nationally among all cornerbacks and at No. 85 overall nationally, according to

Glenville's season came to an end Nov. 19 with a 17-7 loss to Lakewood St. Edward in a regional final match-up. The loss left the top-ranked Tarblooders at 12-1 on the season.

Small did his part as a senior. He ended up scoring 16 touchdowns, including four on special teams returns. He tallied over 1,200 all-purpose yards. He started on offense and defense.

"The position I would probably prefer to play the most would be wide receiver," Small said. "I think I am better on the offensive side of the ball. But I did play defense. I started and played both ways."

Of course, Ohio State already has five Glenville graduates on the roster with quarterback Troy Smith, wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr., safety Donte Whitner, defensive back Jamario O'Neal and linebacker Curtis Terry. Linebacker Freddie Lenix hopes to enroll either in the winter or the spring and make it six.

Small, who posted 40-yard times of 4.3 and 4.28 seconds at the Nike Camp in Virginia, holds a 3.4 GPA. However, he is still working on obtaining a qualifying ACT score.

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