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...

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"I have offers right now from Emporia State and Pitt State," Smalls told JCFootball.com 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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