Fidel Small Jr is a senior student-athlete out of Columbus high school who has played well this fall. The senior has 311 all-purpose yards as well as 9 tackles on defense while also being named a team captain.
“My senior year has been going great! As team captain, I feel like I’ve motivated and developed my team when needed. Although we are 2-3 right now, I feel great as we head into our region games. I believe we have fixed the little issues we have had during pre-season. Which has led us to come together and perfect our craft,” Small said.
Just last week, Small showed off both his playmaking with a long touchdown reception against Mary Persons. Catching the football around the middle of the field, Small quickly turned around and sprinted by the initial group of defenders in pursuit. He spun out of a tackle and sauntered off to the right until he had a clear view of the endzone. There Small hit the jets down the right sideline for the score.
Although they still lost to Mary Persons last week, Small does feel optimistic about the 2nd half of the season and believes adjustments from watching film will be vital for their success.
“My goal for the 2nd half of the season is to come out and dominate. Through heavy film watching, I will be able to effectively call out plays and have better route recognition. With that communication is key. By ensuring my team is on the same page during games, success will come,” he said.
The 6′ 175 lbs. senior is an excellent student with a 4.35 GPA while taking 12 AP classes. The quick-witted senior has a critical eye for where he needs to improve and spent the last offseason focused on sharpening up his game on the defensive side of the football.
“I’ve always had talent on the offensive side of the field, so I spent my whole summer working on a few key things on the defensive side, my coverage, change of direction, explosiveness, and man-to-man coverage as a DB,” Small said.
Considering his excellent grades and expansive background in track and field, Small has received an array of interest from college programs at almost every level. He has a few offers in his pocket and even more visits up ahead.
“I’ve been receiving a lot of support from a lot of great schools. Including, official offers from Washington & Lee University and Hamilton College. Although uncommitted, I’m blessed to be given the opportunity to continue doing what I love at the next level.”
Small continued to talk about college visits, “I’ve visited a few great schools already, but up next will be Hamilton College, UGA, Carleton College, Berry College, Bethune-Cookman, FAMU, and the list goes on, if time permits.”
Small exudes leadership when you see his answers; to go along with his outstanding academics and passion for the game, that should have colleges continue their interest throughout his high school career. He has a lot of visits and the entire 2nd half of the regular season up ahead, so be sure to follow our Twitter page at @RecruitGeorgia to hear the latest on Small, as well as athletes all around the state of Georgia.