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Small turns attention back to recruiting

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Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville four-star wide receiver Raymond Small and the Tarblooders abruptly finished the season Saturday in 17-7 playoff loss to St. Edward. The 5-foot-10, 173-pounder with 4.4-second speed was disappointed with his team's loss.
"We had really high expectations. We thought we were going to go all the way this year," he said. "I didn't get the ball as much in the loss, but I still had a good season. I finished with 600 yards receiving, 300 yards rushing, 300 yards in returns and 16 touchdowns. I also had 32 tackles and three interceptions on defense. I saw a big improvement in my vision this year. It was much better as I was able to read my blocks and the coverages of defenses."
With the season behind him the Rivals100 prospect plans to focus on recruiting.
"I'm in the process of setting up an official with Ohio State in December," he said. "I really like them because I grew up watching Ohio State. Everybody watches the games on Saturdays and it's a dream to play there. It's also pretty close to home and I like all the coaches. They are great people and they'll play you based on your abilities."
Small confirmed that Southern Cal and Ohio State continue to lead for his services.
One new school has entered the race for the No. 7 wide receiver in the country.
"I've just started to look at Tennessee," he said. "They just offered me not too long ago and I've begun to like them. They usually have a pretty good team. I don't know too much more about them as I've only talked to the coaches a few times. I do know from my conversations that they are losing a lot of seniors."
As for the other two officials, Small plans to take those to North Carolina and Florida.
"I like North Carolina because my family lives down there and it would be nice to be around them," he said. "Meanwhile, Florida is a school I've always liked and wanted to go to. That's why they continue to be in my list."
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