Hutch CB Is Able To Leave Right Away

While he still has one year of JUCO eligibility remaining, make no mistake, Hutchinson CB D.J. Smalls (6-1, 185) is a prospect starting to gain the attention of four-year schools and since he already has his two-year degree he's close to making a decision on what his future may hold...

"I have offers right now from Emporia State and Pitt State," Smalls told as he waited to leave for his official visit to Emporia State. "I took a visit to Pitt State the second weekend of December and a am visiting Emporia State today and I come back tomorrow night.

"New Mexico and Youngstown State are both just waiting to see how many of their guys sign, so they are just holding off until then."

As a redshirt freshman this past season, Smalls started every game at corner for the Blue Dragons and finished with 29 tackles, three tackles-for-loss and five pass breakups.

"I study a lot of film and I feel like the knowledge I gain from that has helped put me into position to make plays and I took advantage of that," Smalls said. "This offseason, I want to work on my speed and my technique. I also want to get bigger and stronger."

As a prep in Columbia, South Carolina, Smalls didn't have the grades to qualify for a scholarship, but he's rectified that in his two years at Hutch.

"I was immature and I didn't take my academics seriously," Smalls admitted. "When it came to choosing a school, it was down to Iowa Western and Hutch and I just felt like God was leading me to Hutch with the coaches there and their program, I just felt like it was the right place for me."

Smalls definitely hit the books and finished his degree with a 3.13 GPA.

If he doesn't find the right place to play this fall, Smalls said he has no problem playing one more season for the Blue Dragons, but if he does sign with a school, he will have three years to play three starting this fall.

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