Small Weighs His Options

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Defensive back Niko Small, who holds eight offers, eyes a potential decision in the next couple of months.

As expected, recruiting picked up for Arlington Bowie 2015 safety/cornerback Niko Small during the last couple of months.

Small enters the summer with seven offers: Louisiana Tech, Texas State, North Texas, Northern Illinois, Bowling Green, Tulsa, and Southern Miss.

UPDATE -- 3:49 p.m. Thursday: Small tweeted the news of his eighth offer from Colorado State.

The increase in options has pushed back Small's commitment decision, he said.

"I was gonna make it early, like right after spring," said the 5-foot-10, 175-pound defender. "But I talked to my parents and (Bowie head) coach (Danny DeArman), and they said to commit on one of two dates: state for 7-on-7 or right before the season starts, maybe that week."

Small doesn't have any clear leaders at this point, but one thing that is certain is his versatility. He plays safety for Bowie and DeArman considers him the team's enforcer on the back end. Small is a physical, hard-hitting player who really runs the alleys, but can also drop in coverage and make plays on the ball thanks to his athleticism and instincts.

That makes for a player that has gotten attention as a safety and a cornerback.

"It depends on the team," Small said in reference to which position he'll play in college. "They always ask me if it matters which one I play. I'd like to play safety because I can control the field. I can see more and make more reads and I can run the alley. It's kinda hard to run the alley as a corner. But the position doesn't really matter."

Small said he hopes to attend early June satellite camps held by TCU, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma State. He believes the spring has served him well as he prepares for his senior campaign.

"I know I got better," Small said. "At first I had to get the rust off, but I started seeing what I really needed to improve and I got better. Then they switched me over to offense and I just got to basically have fun on offense."

Small joins a slew of FBS prospects at Bowie, which boasts 2015 offensive tackle Madison Akamnonu, 2015 offensive tackle Clyde McCauley, 2015 TCU receiver commit Tony James, 2015 under-the-radar athlete Greg Peace, and 2016 offensive lineman Tope Imade.


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