What's the Latest On Glenville's Ray Small?

The success that Ray Small of Glenville High School has had on the gridiron and on the racing oval has many people comparing him, unfairly or not, to another former Tarblooder who is likely to become a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate for the upcoming season. Small, however, still has to clear a hurdle the Ted Ginn Jr. never had to when he was running track at Glenville just a few years ago. But Small remains confident that he can get the test score he needs to clear admissions at OSU.

The speed often displayed by Glenville's Ray Small, be it on the gridiron or running around the oval, is just so obvious and, at times, has everyone wondering just how fast he can go.

In his latest showcase at the Kimberly Relays at Bedford High School on Saturday, Small helped Glenville to the team title by finishing first in all four of the traditional running events that he participated in. He won the 100 meters in a time of 10.74 seconds and he was on the winning 4X100, 4X200 and 4X400 relay teams.

"It feels real good but mostly I'm just out here to get better," said Small shortly after his fleet-footed exhibition at Bedford's track. "Track is just another way for me to become great on the (football) field. It helps with your wind and your strength so when you get on the field you can make everyone look slow."

Small has a full agenda these days. He signed a national letter of intent to play football at The Ohio State University in February but he still has more work to do in order to pass through admissions before he can officially become a Buckeye.

"Right now it's real difficult because I'm running track and studying for the ACT," Small said. "It's a difficult thing but I have to keep my mind into it."

He seems to be handling the track part of it pretty well. Just a couple of weeks ago Small was clocked at a lightning-fast 10.4 seconds in the 100 meters at a meet in North Carolina. And at the Kimberly Relays he was named the meet's the Most Valuable Performer.

"It's a big honor but I came in here expecting to get the MVP," Small said. "It was pretty exhausting because (the races) were back-to-back but I'm pretty used to it."

As far as the academic side of the equation is concerned, Small is still racing to make the grade. He said he has an overall GPA of 2.95 but he still needs to bump his score a point or two on his college entrance exams.

"It should be cool," Small said. "It's a real lot of pressure but Coach Ginn always tell me to just think through it."

Ohio State remains solidly behind Small at this time.

"They have more faith in me than I do to keep it real with you," Small said. "They just keep telling me to keep my head up and keep sticking in there and try. And that's what I'm doing."

Small still has every intention of enrolling at Ohio State in time for the upcoming season or even sooner.

"June 18 is when I plan on being there," he said. "I'll play in the Big 33 game and then enroll in the summer."

He personally feels much more confident about his chances now than he ever has.

"I'm pretty confident. At first I wasn't because of the scores that I was getting," said Small who is getting help with preparing for his entrance exams. "But now I'm real confident and I have my head high and I feel kind of good."

Between the ACT and the SAT, Small still has a couple more cracks at getting that elusive score that will get him through admissions.

"My last chance is in June," Small said. "I wouldn't have said this before but I'm really excited about making it."

And the thought of Small getting a high enough test score between now and June to get through admissions gives Ohio State fans something to be excited about also.

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