UNT recruiting target series — Niko Small

There was a time not too long ago when Niko Small could rip through a list of colleges that had offered him a scholarship without having to think twice.

Lately, it’s been becoming tough for the Arlington Bowie defensive back to remember all the schools on his rapidly expanding list, one UNT joined about a month ago.

“A lot of schools have come in,” Small said. “I have been blessed. There were a lot of schools that were interested and most of them have started offering now.”

The latest rundown includes Louisiana Tech, Texas State, Bowling Green, Northern Illinois, Colorado State, Southern Miss, Tulsa and Arkansas State.

One look at Small’s credentials show why the 5-foot-11, 186-pound senior is so highly regarded. Small was a first-team All-District 3-5A selection as a junior, has the ability to play both cornerback and safety and is an honor roll student. Here are his Hudl highlights.

Those well-rounded abilities have provided Small enough options that he has been able to set out a pretty specific set of criteria as far as what he is looking for in a school.

“One of the main things that is important to me is my major,” Small said. “I want to major in petroleum engineering. I also want to have a chance to earn some early playing time and know that the coaches take care of their players.”

The good news for UNT is that Small can see where the school fits his parameters.

UNT cornerbacks coach LaMarcus Hicks is recruiting Small as a safety.

“I would like to play safety,” Small said. “At safety you are the quarterback of the defense and can hit, but I also like corner because you can shut down half the field.”

Small said that Hicks has made a good impression on him in the few weeks he has gotten to know the newcomer to UNT’s staff.

UNT could find out in a matter of weeks if it has a shot to sign and develop Small, who plans on setting a date for his decision soon.

As of now, Small plans on committing at the state 7-on-7 state tournament in July or on the first day of his senior year a few weeks later.

Mean Green blog recruiting series
DE Myles Cheatum, Cedar Park
OL Shane Block, Yukon, Okla.
OL Ken Marks, Beaumont Central
OL Rowdy Clark, Denton
OL Judd Terry, Denton
CB Jerbrell Lipscomb, Navasota
LB Diamon Cannon, Killeen Shoemaker
DE Sam Miller, Canton
WR Jarvis Baxter, Trinity Valley JC
DT Motekiai Maile, Tyler JC
CB Taylor Robinson, Keller Central
OL Joseph Gonzales, Waco
OL Matt Hiter, Argyle
LB Jordan Williams, Paris
OL Erik McCoy, Lufkin
OL Riley Daniel, Ringling, Okla.
DL RD Wegmann, Wichita Falls Rider
OL Evan Curl, Flower Mound
ATH Keith Washington, Brazoswood
OL Kaden Jackson, Kingfisher (Okla.)High
LB Angelo Garbutt, Lewisville Hebron
LB Clay Holford, Lewisville Hebron
ATH Billy McCrary, Leander Rouse ———————– Committed to SMU
QB Chris Riddle, University Christian, Jacksonville, Fla.
CB Nafees Lyon, Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek
DL Carl Thompson, Guyer
OL Beau Hott, Plano
WR Akile Davis, DeSoto
ATH Jonathan Giles, Fort Bend Elkins ———— Committed to Texas Tech
OL Clayton Woods, Highland Park
DL Keenan Kelly, Cedar Grove, Ga.