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."
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."