Rutgers Continues Tracking Delware RB

Running back Wendell Smallwood made a name for himself last season at Red Lion Christian Academy in Bear, Del. He has four offers and has been on Rutgers' radar for a while. He spoke to about his recruitment, and where Rutgers fits in.

Running back Wendell Smallwood spent a good part of last season playing at Red Lion Christian Academy (Bear, Del.) with a sore ankle, but it didn't keep a quartet of teams from issuing early verbal offers.

And aside from Connecticut, Temple, West Virginia and Auburn extending those offers, Rutgers, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Maryland and Miami are in contact with the 5-foot-11, 200-pound Smallwood.

"I want to major in business," said Smallwood, who added he moved with many of his teammates to a start-up school called Eastern Christian in Delaware. "I'm just looking for a good coaching staff, academics are big, and just somewhere I could get better at and do great things."

Smallwood is familiar with the Scarlet Knights because Red Lion used to camp at Rutgers several times.

In fact, he was a winning member of the 7-on-7 shootout last season, and recently Smallwood was in touch with Scarlet Knights offensive line coach Damian Wroblewski.

"Rutgers is one of the first colleges I talked to in the recruiting process," Smallwood said. "I had a call with (Wroblewski) about a week ago and he was telling me about the school. And he said he knew about me because he coached at Delaware, so he knew what I was about.

"I think I talked to the whole coaching staff."

The Scarlet Knights are yet to offer Smallwood, who has the ability to pickup tough yards between the tackles and also get to the corner on the outside.

"They talk about it and say the coach will be looking at my film sometime soon," Smallwood said. "But I don't worry about that. I let my coach worry about that."

Smallwood holds the four offers, and the program he knows plenty about is West Virginia.

"They said they've been looking for a running back for a few years," Smallwood said. "They run the spread and I'm kind of used to it because we ran the spread. I like what the program is doing right now. I talk to the coaches a lot. I talk to the running backs coach (Robert Gillespie), and I talk to (cornerbacks) coach (Daron) Roberts. He is really cool.

"They just moved into the Big 12, so I think the program is doing well."

Although Connecticut offered, Smallwood's knowledge of the program is limited.

"I don't know too much about UConn," he said. "My teammates went to a camp there, but I missed the camp. I was talking to (assistant) coach (Matt Cersosimo) a lot. They offered me after watching my film."

Smallwood also camped at Temple, and attended a game last season.

"When I went to the camp, the running backs coach, Tyree Foreman, was pushing me and pushing me. They just moved into the Big East. It's a step up."

As for Auburn, he knows the program well because former Red Lion teammate, Angelo Blackson, plays for the Tigers.

"They should be real good this year," he said. "They had a lot of young players. (Blackson) tells me about the school all the time."

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