Smallwood Goes In-Depth on Rutgers Offer

Eastern Christian (Elkton, Md.) running back Wendell Smallwood picked up a verbal scholarship offer from Rutgers today to add to his growing list. Smallwood spoke with ScarletReport in-depth about receiving his Rutgers offer and his thoughts and familiarity with the local program.

Running back Wendell Smallwood got to know Rutgers well as a younger player at Red Lion Christian Academy (Bear, Del.) before he transferred to Eastern Christian (Elkton, Md.) this year.

While with Red Lion, Smallwood went to multiple camps at Rutgers and played a key role in the 7-on-7 victory by Red Lion last year at the 7-on-7 Schiano Shootout.

"It was awesome," said Smallwood on his Rutgers offer. "I'm familiar with the school. I've been there a couple of times. I competed in the 7-on-7 tournament there. One of our players (Daikiel Shorts), his cousin [Tiquan Underwood] went there. I talk to him a lot."

Smallwood has been close with Rutgers and when coach Kyle Flood came through with his fifth verbal offer, he met the news with excitement.

"I was surprised," Smallwood said. "I've been talking with them for a while, but they made it official.

"I like Rutgers a lot. They showed me a lot about the academics. I like the facilities up there a lot. I like ... the Hale Center. I love the building. The weight room was great."

Smallwood has other verbal offers from Auburn, West Virginia, Connecticut and Temple.

He has no formal plans to take visits this spring, but expects to travel with his team to see multiple schools and camps between now and his senior season.

"There's a lot of us on the team that go places together," Smallwood said. "We'll try and get everywhere, to a bunch of different schools."

Rutgers, he said, is an expected destination.

"We normally stop at Rutgers almost every summer," Smallwood said. "I'm looking forward to going back now that I have an offer. It should be good."

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