Wendell Smallwood, who accounted for 353 total yards as a freshman, was being eyed as a multi-purpose threat out of the backfield and in the slot for West Virginia this fall. Instead, he now faces charges of witness intimidation in a two-year old Delaware murder case.
According to DelawareOnline.com, Smallwood attempted to get a witness to the murder of Manual Oliveras. The witness, who was not identified, was allegedly contacted more than once by Smallwood in the spring of 2013, and urged to make a false statement to police. The witness' exact statements to the police are unknown, but they apparently played a part in the arrest and charging of Zakee Lloyd of Wilmington, Del.
City police in Wilmington are requesting extradition of Smallwood, who now faces a serious charge once he is returned to Delaware. There was no report whether he would be charged under local or state statutes.
Smallwood was one of WVU's most versatile performers behind senior Charles Sims a year ago, showing ability to both catch the ball and make gains in the running game. He also accounted for 541 yards on 30 kickoff returns.
No date for extradition has been set.