Jeffrey Manning is back at it again. Last recruiting cycle, Manning proved to be instrumental in helping get other recruits to join him in being a part of the 2017 class for Oregon State. He hasn't stop there though, as he's continued to help recruit some of Los Angeles' best in the class of 2018 as well.
One of which is tight end Isaiah Smalls and since picking up an offer from the Beavers last month, Smalls has given a lot of thought to joining Manning in Corvallis.
"Jeff and I are really close, he's pretty much been telling me that I'm their main target at tight end. He's been telling Coach Hall that they need to get me up there. I'm planning on visiting now later this month. Probably after Jeff has moved in and everything," Isaiah told BeaverBlitz.
Smalls, a 3* and the #30 tight end in the nation according to Scout, attends L.A.'s Dorsey High School therefore he falls under cornerback coach Cory Hall's recruiting region. Smalls and Coach Hall have been in touch for a while now but an offer only came about last month. Smalls sheds a little light into why it took a bit for it to come around.
"My lead recruiter, Coach Cory Hall, had been telling me that he'd been wanting to offer me for a while now, but that he wanted to do it in-person because he wanted it to mean something and that's just the type of guy he is. They wanted me to try to visit up there earlier this spring but I couldn't make it, so when they came down here to see me during spring ball, Coach Hall extended the offer. With the offer now, I want to get up there and see campus for myself."
The offer from Oregon State was Smalls 11th to come in and since early May he is now up to 15 offers. The Beavers join Northern Arizona, Colorado State, Arizona, Arizona State, Ohio University, Purdue, Utah State, Howard, UNLV, Hawaii, Fresno State, Cal, Oregon and Florida A&M in pursuit of the 6'4" 235-pound pass catcher.
With a good relationship with Coach Hall, a very close friend in Manning suiting up for the Beavers, and an upcoming visit to see the Oregon State campus for himself, where do the Beavers stand in his recruitment? It seems that Oregon State is in a good position as Isaiah prepares to cut down his list, although he isn't quite ready to make a commitment.
"I'm strongly considering Oregon State right now. Oregon State is for sure one of my top schools; I plan on dropping my top schools sometime later this month. I will probably end up making a decision on my commitment after I take all five of my official visits and my top schools will all get visits."
BeaverBlitz will follow up with Isaiah Smalls following his trip to see Corvallis and Oregon State University.