Report: Kennedy Catholic’s Sav’ell Smalls, state’s top 2020 recruit, backs off University of Washington

Kennedy Catholic outside linebacker Sav’ell Smalls has not made a decision on where he’s going to college, but it appears he won’t be headed to Montlake.

In an interview with Brandon Huffman of 247 Sports, Smalls indicated he had ruled out University of Washington. He did suggest that Oregon and Washington State were still in his top six, among some national blue chips like Alabama, Florida State and Texas.

Smalls praised the Huskies’ coaching staff individually by name, before saying he feels going far away from home would benefit him.

“It’s not anything about them at all,” Smalls told 247 Sports. “I want to find the best fit for me. I want to find the best program to not only get me out in three years with a degree, but to also challenge me as a person so I’m able to become a better man. I started to think that the best step for me would be to do that away from home.”

Smalls is the No. 4 recruit in the country and No. 1 in the state of Washington in the class of 2020, according to 247 Sports.

Smalls transferred from Garfield back to Kennedy Catholic this spring, where he played as a freshman. He helped Garfield reach its first state semifinal in some 40 years as a sophomore.

At Kennedy Catholic, Smalls joins Sam Huard, the nation’s top-ranked pro-style quarterback in the class of 2021.

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