Oregon State just added a big target for the future.
Three-star prospect Isaiah Smalls (class of 2018) has committed to becoming a Beaver, he announced via Twitter on Wednesday evening.
— ⚡️Isaiah Smalls⚡️ (@Zay_For6) August 10, 2017
The 6-foot-4, 234-pound tight end from Dorsey High School (Los Angeles, Calif.) helped the Dons to an 11-3 finish in 2016, a season that ended in a heartbreaking 42-34 loss to Narbonne in the Los Angeles City Section Division I title game. Smalls caught 2 passes in the contest, each for touchdowns.
Smalls’ statistics don’t jump off the page, but his highlight tape shows attributes Division I coaches crave: size, soft hands, excellent blocking ability, good ball-tracking skills and athleticism, and room to build on his route-running. Dorsey even split Smalls out wide at times, which demonstrates his versatility and potential, and helps explain why he landed in Scout’s top 10 list of tight ends in the West.
Smalls narrowed it down to his final seven schools in July and also had offers from four other Pac-12 schools (Arizona, Arizona State, California and Oregon). It’s worth noting that of those tight ends on Scout’s list, two ranked above Smalls committed to schools that were also pursuing the Dorsey tight end: fourth-ranked Spencer Webb (Oregon), and sixth-ranked McCallan Castles (Cal). Oregon did have both of its tight end spots filled by prior commitments, per Andrew Nemec of The Oregonian, likely making the decision a little easier for Smalls.
Smalls’ announcement brings Oregon State’s 2018 class to a total of seven commitments.