Smalls Reflects on Visit, Opportunity at UVa

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Riko Smalls

Everything came together pretty quickly for Plano East (Plano, TX) quarterback Riko Smalls . From the time he received a phone call from primary recruiter Steve Bernstein to the time he verbally committed to head coach Al Groh last Tuesday, becoming a member of Virginia’s 2008 class happened fast for the 6-1, 190-pound standout.

“In January, I got a call from Coach Bernstein, who recruits Texas. I’m not sure how he found out about me. He just called one day,” Smalls recalled. “I gave him a call back. A couple of days later, Mike Groh came by. A couple of days later, Virginia offered me a scholarship. A few days later, last Tuesday, Coach [Al] Groh came by and met with me, my parents and my head coach. I committed a couple of hours after he left.”

Smalls committed to UVa without having ever stepped foot on the Grounds. As his official visit experience went on last weekend, he felt more and more comfortable and, in the end, felt extremely excited about the decision he had made earlier in the week.

“I stepped on campus very excited and anxious to get the weekend going,” said Smalls, who arrived in Charlottesville last Friday and left for home on Sunday. “Within the first couple of hours, I started to get the feeling that I had made the right choice. When I left, I knew I had definitely made the right choice. I just felt real comfortable with the situation. The coaches were great. The players were great. I got along with the incoming recruits really well. There is a real strong bond with the team. I hadn’t been there before, but I felt like I had been there for a long time. It was great to hang out with the players. I hung out with Corey Mosley (host), Dom [Joseph], Vic [Hall] and ...