Five-star linebacker Sav’ell Smalls came out with his Top 12 earlier this year. Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Texas A&M, Washington and Washington State all made the cut for the elite prospect.
He plans to cut things down by the end of the summer. However, one program has already been eliminated, and it might be the last one anyone would have guessed.
The Seattle native has pretty much decided that he won’t be considering Washington moving forward. UW is his first offer, and once seemed like a potential favorite.
He now realizes that he wants to get away from home for college, even if he stays in the Pacific Northwest.
247Sports’ Evan Daniels caught up with Sav’ell Smalls, who explained his decision about Washington.
Smalls explained that he wants to be upfront with the UW staff, so that it can focus on other targets rather than waste time on him:
“As I start to see and think about who’s really going to be in it, I really wanted to be honest with Washington and I don’t want to waste their time, when they could be spending it on the betterment of their program,” said Smalls. “I didn’t end up getting to any of their spring practices because I just wasn’t feeling right about going there and having them recruit me when I’m not going to end up going there.”
Oregon and Washington State, the other two local programs, are both still in the running. He also opened up about some of the powers further away, like Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, and LSU.
“I want to definitely go see LSU. I love what LSU is doing right now. They’re putting together a crazy class. They have a lot of guys from the West Coast in it,” said Smalls. “I’m definitely going to consider all of the Florida schools- Florida State and my boy Tre’Shaun (Harrison, his former high school teammate) and Florida plus Miami. Texas and Texas A&M too, they both have been really talking to me more. Georgia as well, that was a school that I was taking to, but it died down so I’m hoping it’ll pick back up.”
“Of course, Alabama is Alabama,” said Smalls. “Even with Tosh (Lupoi) gone, it’s Alabama. Look at the draft. Same with Clemson, look at their defensive line and the draft. Both schools are winning national championships and getting guys to the league.”
Smalls is ranked No. 4 overall in the 2020 class, and No. 1 at his position. Whichever program lands him is getting a bona fide star, but that doesn’t appear to be UW, unless something drastic changes moving forward.