After getting a verbal commitment from one local standout, Bishop Manogue quarterback Drew Scolari, earlier this month, the Nevada football team has set its sights on another Northern Nevada kid.
The Wolf Pack offered a scholarship Thursday to Douglas High linebacker Christopher Smalley, a class of 2022 recruit who is finishing his sophomore year with the Tigers. Smalley said it marks his first Division I scholarship offer.
Smalley is the third local class of 2022 recruit Nevada has offered, joining Damonte Ranch High running back Ashton Hayes, who is transferring to McQueen, and Bishop Manogue offensive lineman Sioape Vatikani, who has offers from schools in the SEC, Big Ten and Pac-12.
Smalley, who is 6-foot-5 and 190 pounds, had 85 tackles, including 13 for loss, and 5.5 sacks in 10 games as a sophomore, according to his Hudl page. He also played on offense as a running back and tight end for Douglas, which went 4-7 overall and 2-3 in the Sierra League. Smalley was named All-Sierra League first team and All-Northern 4A Region second team at linebacker. Smalley also played varsity basketball and averaged 6.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.1 steals per game as a sophomore.
The last Douglas High player to sign a scholarship with Nevada out of high school was offensive tackle Jeff Nady, who had a standout four-year career with the Wolf Pack from 2009-12 and was a two-time all-conference player before a pro career. Nevada has one former Tiger on its roster in 2020 in senior tight end Reagan Roberson, who walked on to the team before earning a scholarship after his true freshman season. Roberson scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime in Nevada's 2018 Arizona Bowl win over Arkansas State.