UCLA Hanging in With Smalls

The elite safety prospect from Virginia, <b>Sean Smalls</b>, has maintained UCLA on his list of five despite being a continent away and a host of big-time east coast programs recruiting him aggressively...

UCLA is going up against several schools in the recruitment of Richmond (Virginia) Huguenot cornerback Sean Smalls (6-1, 180) that are significantly closer to his home, but one thing that the Bruins have been able to do over the years is steal a recruit out of some other recruiting hotbed.

The Bruin, also, have had their share of success in the Atlantic area over the years, including getting Justin London from Virginia in 2002.

Smalls has a top five that includes UCLA, Penn State, Michigan, Maryland and Ohio State, and while the Bruins will probably have an uphill climb, especially with Penn State being one of his leaders for a while, the Bruins are still recruiting him aggressively. Maryland and Ohio State were his other two leaders, but UCLA and Michigan are still in the mix.

All five of those schools have offered Smalls, and while he said he is not close to making a decision, the visits to those schools will make an impact on where he goes.

"I definitely plan to take my trips to those schools. I like each program a lot and the coaches at the schools are real cool," said Smalls.

During the summer, it was reported on numerous occasions that Smalls was leaning toward making a decision to go to Penn State, but Smalls said that was not the case.

"People were saying I was going there, but I haven't made my decision yet. Penn State is one of my top schools, but I am checking out all of my options."

Smalls was named the top defensive back of the Penn State Nike Camp, catching the eye of the Nittany Lions.

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.

Huguenot got their season started last weekend when they faced Highland Springs.

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

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