Deacons Offer Texas ATH

Wake Forest hosted one official visitor this weekend as Texas native Riko Smalls visited the Winston-Salem campus. Smalls returned to Texas impressed with what Wake Forest has to offer and named two favorites following his visit.

"It went well," Riko Smalls said of his visit to Wake Forest. "I really liked it a lot. Coach Grobe and all the coaches are real honest people. They give the feeling that they'll be there for you. Wake Forest is an amazing school and it would be great even if I wasn't playing football."

Smalls, hosted over the weekend by Devon Brown, met several team members including Cyhl Quarles, Kyle Jarrett, Jordan Williams, and others. "Jordan Williams, we talked a lot because he's from Jacksonville and I used to live in Jacksonville," Smalls noted. "It's funny, we knew the neighborhoods we were talking about and my dad and how he went to [Williams'] rival high school."

Along with meeting the coaches and players, Smalls also had a chance to see the facilities at Wake Forest. "I saw all the facilities," he said. "I really enjoyed the athetic center. Everything was real close. You can just go to class and next thing you know you're in the locker room and next thing you know you can be out on the field."

With his visit to Wake Forest in the books, Smalls has one remaining trip, a visit to UVa next weekend. The Cavaliers join the Demon Deacons as his favorites heading into the last couple of weeks of his recruitment. "Standout schools, I'd say that would be Wake and UVa," said the 6'1, 190-pound athlete. "Just playing in the ACC, the coaches, the talent level is high, that sort of thing [gives them the edge.] The academic opportunity that they present is amazing also."

Smalls, who holds offers from Air Force, Colorado State, UVa, TCU, SMU, Rice, Georgia Tech, Utah State, Utah, and Iowa State just recently added a Wake Forest offer. "I got it I believe on Thursday when they came by the school," he said. "Position-wise, they would like me as a safety. Initially this summer I was going to be a quarterback. The day the quarterbacks coach was going to see me, Ted Stachitas committed. Coach Billings wanted to recruit me as a wide receiver then but I didn't make summer camp so they didn't offer. Coach Lambert said saw my tape and that's when they offered as safety. They said I can see and maybe play quarterback, but they're recruiting me mainly as a safety. Coach Grobe said it must be nice to have one school recruiting me at three different positions."

Although Wake Forest is recruiting Smalls as a safety, every other school, including co-favorite UVa, has offered Smalls as a quarterback. Smalls noted that he prefers quarterback but is not going to narrow any of his choices because of the position in which he is being recruited. "I'm not a narrow minded person and I don't discriminate any school on position," Smalls said. "If they feel I am good enough to play another position, that's great. I should be honored they feel good enough about me to play another position I haven't even played and do it at the ACC level."

Smalls said that he will take his official visit to Virginia next weekend and will make a decision in the days following his visit. This past season, Smalls rushed for 450 yards and five touchdowns on 4.7 yards per carry. Passing, Smalls threw for 2,989 yards and 33 touchdowns in 10 games.


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