Virginia DB Prospect Sean Smalls

UCLA has had success recruiting Virginia, and is trying to get lucky again recruiting the state's top defensive back prospect, <b>Sean Smalls</b>. The Bruins are in his top five...

For whatever reason, UCLA has had great recruiting success in Virginia over the years. Arguably the greatest player in Bruin history, Kenny Easley, came from Virginia, and the Bruins have a pair of Virginia natives on their roster now, in linebacker Justin London and defensive linemen Noah Sutherland.

That's why it's no surprise that UCLA is again in Virginia, this time recruiting the state's top defensive back, Richmond (Virg.) Huguenot cornerback Sean Smalls (6-1, 1800.

Smalls has a strong interest in the Bruins, listing them in his top five along with Penn State, Notre Dame, Michigan and Arizona State.

All five of those schools have offered.

At the recent Nike Camp at Penn State, Smalls was named the top defensive back of the camp, and was pleased with his efforts. "I thought I did real well there. I ran a 4.51 forty and a 3.87 shuttle, and jumped okay.," said Smalls.

But it was in the one-on-one drills that he really excelled. "I try to make it tough for receivers to do well against me. I'll make them work for anything they want to get," said Smalls.

Last year as a junior, Smalls recorded 46 tackles, 6 interceptions and a pair of touchdowns, and also returned kicks, which he plans to do in college. "I'll return kicks, but I'm not really a punt returner."

This summer, he will return to Penn State for a team camp, as well as camp at Virginia. He wants to make his decision before the season starts.

Smalls has a 2.8 GPA and will take the SAT in the fall.

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