Prior to Western: Transferred to Western Carolina from Georgia Military College in Millidgeville, Ga., where he ranked second on the team in tackles and was a two-time Defensive Player of the Game ... Was coached by Bert Williams at GMC ... Listed as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com ... Smalls passed away following a voluntary preseason workout on July 8, 2009 and was laid to rest in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., on July 13, 2009.
High School: Recorded 55 tackles, 12 passes defended and eight interceptions as a senior defensive back at Wando HS under head coach Bob Hayes ... Posted four scores on a pair of interception returns and also returned two blocked punts for TDs ... Earned All-Lowcountry and All-Region honors in his final season as a prep ... Named to the 2006 North/South All-Star game.
Personal: Full name is Ja'Quayvin Ja'Quar Smalls ... Is the son of Henry and LaSonia Smalls ... Has two younger siblings, Jarrel and Ja'Keil ... His cousin, the late Carl Smalls, Jr., played collegiate football at the University of North Carolina.