Arlington Bowie was dealt the daunting task of having to face powerhouse Southlake Carroll in the first round of the playoffs. And the Volunteers were blown out and sent home packing early for the second consecutive season.
But in a season marred by injuries, Arlington Bowie has nothing to be ashamed of. Quite a few young players stepped up and played well including junior cornerback Niko Small.
The 2015 prospect held his own against some of the top receivers in the Dallas-area and had an amazing performance against Arlington Sam Houston, recording eight tackles, one fumble recovery and two interceptions returned for touchdowns.
"I felt like I had a pretty good year. I met some of my goals," Small said. "As a team, injuries really held us back. But we persevered through some of those issues and had a real family bond. We played for every man next to us. I think we have a lot of talent coming back next year so it should be fun."
With his season in the books, Small has turned his attention to recruiting. Two weeks ago, he made an unofficial visit to SMU when the Mustangs hosted UConn.
"Everything was really nice. I got to see the locker room and the weight room, and they were very spacious," Small said. "We got to go down to the field for pregame, and the coaches were really nice. They balled out against UConn. The stands weren't full, but the people that were there were really into it."
Small says his favorite part of the visit was seeing NFL Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders in the stands supporting the Ponies. But he also enjoyed meeting SMU head coach June Jones.
"I got to talk to Coach Jones, and he just talked about how he liked the season I had and how they were going to watch my film," Small said. "Coach Odum also stopped by, and we exchanged really quick hi's, and he told me they were still interested."
And the feeling is mutual.
Despite receiving recent interest from major programs such as Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and TCU, Small says SMU is one of his early favorites.
"I'm really interested in SMU right now. I like how the coaches are very laid back and how it's close to home," Small said. "I don't want to go too far away. I started doing more research on the program and the graduation rates and stuff like that, and it looks like a really good school."
Small was joined on his visit by teammate and fellow 2015 cornerback Greg Peace. The two took part in SMU's summer camp and would be a great combo for the Mustangs to land next year. Small says he and Peace have discussed going to school together, and SMU ‘wouldn't be a bad option.'
"We talk about it all the time. We are definitely going to try to go to the same school together if we can," Small said. "It would be really cool to play with him again. We've been together for the past two years so it would be great."
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