Smalls wasn’t even a 100% certainty to come to South Carolina. His original plan was to play a modified version of football called “sprint football” up at West Point, but finally enrolled at South Carolina in 2013. Eventually, after continuous training, he earned a spot on the team as a walk-on.
Smalls’ primary work has been with the scout team during his time with the program. He has expressed an interest to work anywhere the team needs him to.
If there’s anything that can be said about Smalls, it’s that he’s a hard worker. One of the articles I read about him (linked above) mentioned the fact that he continued to train and work out despite the fact that he wasn’t on the team (yet), and it’s great to see it pay off for him.
Like several other walk-ons, Smalls played multiple sports in high school. Besides his primary sport of football, he was a member of the track and field, basketball and cross country teams. As a football player at Bluffton High School, he hauled in 11 TDs and 976 yards, while also seeing time in the kick return game.