In the past few years, USC hasn't had a problem getting players from Midwest powerhouse Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville to visit the Southern CA campus. The tough part has been getting a player from the school to commit. Will their luck change with standout athlete Raymond Small?
Small, 5-10, 175 pounds stars on both sides of the ball for Glenville and is among the nation's top100 prospects in our eyes. The athlete looked strong at the Nike camp in Virginia where he clocked a 4.45 in the 40, a 3.96 in the shuttle and looked very good catching the rock in the position and one on one drills.
In the last three years, the Trojans tripped in standout Glenville stars Donte Whitner and Ted Ginn only to come up short as both eventually signed with Ohio State. Small took his first official visit of the year to USC this past weekend to watch the nation's top ranked team dismantle Arkansas 70-17.
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"I had a great time," Small said. "I had never been to California before so it was cool just checking things out and seeing what it was all about. Patrick Turner was my host and he had a lot of good things to say about the school. He mentioned how he came from out of state but realized right away USC was the best place for him and he loves it there.
"I did the usual things you do on a visit. I got a campus tour, met a lot of the players and talked a lot with the coaches. Watching how the team prepared and then just how dominant they are was very impressive. They're like a machine and you can see why they're ranked No. 1 in the nation right now.
"The players and coaches at SC have a special relationship. It's like they're all friends and real close. I liked that a lot because it reminded me how things are at Glenville. We're like a family here too. One of my teammates, Robert Rose, tripped with him and we hung out a lot on the visit. We both really had a good time and USC is very high on my list."
Small, a member of the Rivals250 and the nation's tenth-ranked athlete, has said in the past that the Trojans and Ohio State were the two front runners and following the visit, that was still the case.
"Yeah, those are still my top two but I don't really have a favorite between them," Small said. "I haven't set up any other trips but right now, my top five and the schools I want to visit are those two plus LSU, North Carolina and Florida.
Raymond Small VideoClick "All the schools are recruiting me as a receiver except SC, they like me a cornerback. I actually prefer receiver because it's where I'm most comfortable but that won't really play a role in where I choose to go to school. I'm just going to take my visits and then probably make my decision around January. The place where I feel like I fit in the best and where I'll be the most successful, that's the school that I'll commit to."Here to view this Link.