Smalls Has Four Offers

Riko Smalls is one of the most athletic quarterback prospects in the Class of 2008 and his list of offers has grown to four.

Louisiana Tech, Tulsa, Air Force and Colorado State have offered the 6-1, 190-pound dual-threat quarterback from Plano East High School in Texas. Wake Forest has been holding off, but the Deacs are still heavily recruiting Smalls.

"Wake already got a quarterback from Florida (Ted Stachitas) but they're still recruiting me as an athlete and quarterback," said Smalls. "He's athletic too. The Wake coaches have told me that if they offer and I commit, both of us will probably redshirt. We'd compete for the starting job, and whoever lost out would probably move to receiver.

"Just about everybody except Tulsa is recruiting me as a quarterback. I'm not trying to discriminate against any position, but I want to play quarterback in college. That's what I've been playing ever since I started playing football, and I've been doing that my whole life."

Smalls classifies himself as a "mobile quarterback who likes to pass first." He said that he has the ability to eat up yards on the ground, but most of his scrambling is done in the backfield in an effort to buy his receivers more time.

In addition to the schools already mentioned, several others are targeting Smalls. "SMU seems real interested, UNC seems real interested and Kansas has been trying to get me out to one of their camps. If I found the right school I wouldn't mind leaving the area. I've already camped at Oklahoma State, Houston and UTEP, and I'm planning on going to TCU, SMU and North Carolina."

While Smalls plans on waiting until the end of the summer to make his decision, a Wake Forest offer might prove too good to turn down.

"Wake plays in the ACC, which is a great conference. They'll play some schools from Florida, and I lived in Jacksonville up until elementary school. That would be pretty cool. I've always like Wake as a university. It might sound kind of weird but I've always played as Wake Forest on NCAA Football 2008," he laughed. "I've created myself and everything." As a junior at East Plano, Smalls completed 61 of 96 passes for 854 yards with a 14-2 touchdown to interception ratio. He also rushed 51 times for 362 yards and two scores. Smalls possesses legit 4.4 speed in the 40 yard dash.

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