Future Gamecock Smalls out for season with ACL tear

dmclemore@thestate.comSeptember 18, 2013 

A knee injury has ended South Carolina commitment Darin Smalls' senior season.

Smalls, a defensive back at Summerville High, tore the ACL in his left knee on a punt return Friday night in a 34-17 loss to Goose Creek.

Smalls (5-11, 205) was off to a solid start for the Green Wave, scoring on two punt returns as well as recording a 77-yard touchdown reception in the team's first two games. He also had an interception.

Smalls made his commitment to the Gamecocks in June while at USC for a seven-on-seven event.

The consensus three-star prospect is the top-rated defensive back in South Carolina for 2014 and the 13th best instate player, according to 247SportsComposite, which factors in all rankings.

Smalls last season had 58 tackles and five interceptions, including three returned for touchdowns. He also had more than 600 return yards and three scores.

He had six interceptions his sophomore season, two of those returns for touchdowns, to go with 60 tackles.

He also had offers from Clemson, Virginia Tech, Florida, State, NC State, Georgia Tech, West Virginia, Tennessee, Louisville and Oklahoma.

Smalls is one of three defensive backs committed to the Gamecocks for the upcoming class. The other two are Wesley Green (Lithonia, Ga.) and Al Harris Jr. (Fort Lauderdale, Fla).

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