Lancaster (Pa.) Conestoga Valley wideout Stephen Smalls is still awaiting his first offer, but of the five schools he recently named leaders for his services, one school stands out among the rest.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound wideout was an all-league selection as a junior and earned Receiver of the Year honors in his area. He hauled in 40 receptions for over 800 yards and nine touchdowns.
“I’m the most interested in Maryland right now,” admitted Smalls. “I have had a chance to get to know their coaches because they recruited our quarterback, Jordan Steffy, last season. I’ve been down to see the school a number of times and I like the campus environment.”
Besides Maryland, Smalls is also looking at Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech.
“I like the Michigan schools because of the tradition of the Big Ten and the fact that they both turn out NFL quality receivers,” Smalls explained. “A quarterback from our area, Jeff Smoker, recently played for Michigan State and really liked his experience there.”
Smalls posted a camp-high vertical leap of nearly 43 inches last month at the Nike camp in Charlottesville and would have had a high score if not for an equipment malfunction. His leaping ability and his speed are what he hopes can earn him a scholarship.
“I’m just looking for a coaching staff I’m comfortable with,” said Smalls. “Location isn’t too important for me, but I want to playing in a passing offense that will put the ball in air a lot. A team that runs multiple receiver sets on every play.”
Smalls will camp at Maryland, Connecticut, and Syracuse over the summer, but may schedule more camps early next month.