After being named the District 3-5A Defensive Newcomer of the Year in his sophomore year, 2015 Arlington Bowie cornerback Niko Small has seen an increase in his recruitment.
One of the teams that has taken notice is hometown SMU, which invited Small to visit the Hilltop recently and take part in its camp.
"It was fun. I really liked the environment around the program," he said. "The coaches and players were fun and made it a cool environment. It was my first time there, so seeing that was important."
Small spoke highly on the SMU coaching staff, who he was able to speak to for a bit after the camp concluded.
"The coaches said to stay in contact and keep in touch," he said. "The coaches kept telling me how SMU is a nice place to be and that I'd be a good fit at SMU."
SMU won't be alone in their pursuit of Small, as some Big 12 schools have started to take notice in the 2015 recruit, but SMU may have the upper hand due to being in Small's backyard.
"Oklahoma State, TCU, and Florida International have all been in touch with me," he said. "I want to stay close to home, but not too close, but close enough to be near home. Also I understand that I'll be at whatever school I choose so I want to like the coaching staff and environment."
Due to only being a rising junior, the 5-foot-10, 175-pounder has time to improve his game, and has found one specific area in which he would like to do so.
"I've been working a lot on my pursuit and attacking the line of scrimmage," he said. "I've also worked on pass coverage and a lot of little things to improve my game."
SMU Getting Early Jump On Small
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