One of the many prospects at the UCLA-Cal game this past weekend was 2014 defensive tackle Tashan Smallwood from Fresno (Calif.) Central East.
The 6-foot-1, 285-pound prospect said he had a good time watching the Golden Bears upset UCLA and even though there was a little chill in the air the junior standout enjoyed the atmosphere.
"It was cool," Smallwood said. "It was a cool atmosphere but it was pretty cold. After the game we went to the locker room and met a couple players.
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"We had a chance to see all around the stadium and the facilities and it was really cool. I liked it a lot."
Nevada has offered Smallwood, who said Cal, UCLA, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, Boise State and Texas Tech are all showing early interest.
The 2014 prospect had a chance to speak briefly with Cal defensive line coach Todd Howard who told Smallwood the coaching staff is keeping a close eye on him and wants to stay in contact moving forward.
For Smallwood, that was definitely some encouraging news.
"I talked to the defensive line coach and he said that I was on their radar and that they would be watching out for me," Smallwood said. "That was good to hear."
Even though he had a good time at Cal, because there are so many programs showing early interest Smallwood did not want to name a leader yet.
The Fresno Central East standout might have a lot of options in the coming years and Smallwood wants to keep all options available.
"There isn't a favorite right now," he said. "I'm still pretty open."