Small Picking Up Interest

Arlington (TX) Bowie defensive back Niko Small is picking up interest from several including TCU.

Arlington (TX) Bowie is routine stop for college recruiters and the 2015 class for the Volunteers will be sure to draw in many. Athlete Tony James is committed to TCU while offensive tackle Madison Akamnonu is getting offers from all over the country in recent weeks.

Another player to keep a close eye on is safety/cornerback Niko Small.

Small started on Bowie's district championship team as a sophomore in 2012 where he earned District 3-5A Defensive Newcomer of the Year. He followed that up with another all-district accolade in 2013.

Although he lines up at safety for Bowie, Small says he's also being recruited at cornerback from a few schools.

"It really depends on the team; Texas Tech wants me at safety, OSU likes me at corner," he said. "I can play anything really; it's just up to them."

Small says the interest has picked up in recent weeks.

"Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Kansas State, Tulsa, NIU (Northern Illinois) and TCU have shown the most interest," he said. "They've all talked about offering; they're all coming down to see me in the spring to see what they like."

Small has some familiarity with TCU as his old head coach Kenny Perry is now the cornerbacks coach at TCU. Small says there's been communication with his former coach.

"They invited me to the spring game," he said. "He tells me they like me a lot and he wants to see me get faster."

With his current teammate Tony James committed to TCU, Small joined James for a few occasions over the spring to watch a Frogs' practice. The visit impressed Small from both a football and atmosphere standpoint.

"It was nice, I liked the fast pace of it all," he said. "They have a nice family environment; it was pretty cool."

Small has plans to visit Northern Illinois, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State this summer.


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