RECRUITING: The Name's Little, The Game's Big

His name may be Little but his game is very big. Greg Little, the 6-3, 205-pound do-everything Durham (NC) Hillside has parlayed his junior success into more than ten offers to play college football. Talented enough to punch his own meal ticket to college, Little is a ferocious defender but it is on offense that the future looks brightest.

(Greg Little profile)

He rushed for 1,166 yards and 26 touchdowns on 160 carries last season while catching 23 passes for 470 yards and four touchdowns. He only played three games on defense but had 30 tackles and four interceptions at safety. He could literally play four or five positions on the football field. At the next level, he wants the ball in his hands.

"I am looking at playing both wide receiver and running back," Little said. "If a school can offer that, then they will have a hand up. Pretty much all the ones I am talking about are looking at me as both running back and wide receiver."

After a recent trip to San Antonio (TX) where he performed well at the Reebok/US Army All-American Combine, Little has been getting a lot of attention which has translated into scholarship offers.

"I am hearing from 13-15 coaches right now," he said. "Basically all the ACC and SEC schools are texting along with Michigan, Notre Dame, and Oregon. I have offers from Wake Forest, Florida, North Carolina , South Carolina, NC State, Duke, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Clemson, Tennessee, and Virginia. Everyone is pretty neck and neck right now and I am pretty wide open."

Oddly enough, growing up in the middle of ACC country a team farther south really got his attention as a child.

"I grew up a Miami fan," he said. "Miami was winning a lot and was turning heads on both sides of the ball when I was younger. Clinton Portis was my favorite player. He had speed and power and could catch the ball out of the backfield."

He plans on having a busy spring and summer this year. He wants to take in a lot of the campuses and see where they stand and what they offer in person before he starts to whittle his favorites down.

"I am looking to go to some spring games like Tennessee, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Virginia," he said. "Basically all the schools that have offered so far I am looking to take some trips to those. I will probably make a couple of junior days and some camps if possible."

But don't count out the local schools.

"I've been to Raleigh for a game," he said. "I am always looking at the home schools since I am so close to them. That's who I visit the most."

He already has a date set to visit Gainesville and the University of Florida. The Gators have been on him hard already and he wants to come down and show what he can do for them.

"I am planning on coming to Gainesville for a camp on June 3rd," he said. "(UF Assistant) Coach Holliday met (Hillside Head) Coach Ray Harrison and I have called him a few times and we communicate a lot. He seems like a pretty great guy. When he wants someone he tries his best to get it. When they send him after you that means you must be pretty good.

"I think with their offer, they said they want the ball in my hands so I can do some great things at Florida."

He describes himself as "athletic, hard-nosed and eager to get the jump ball. I execute routes well and have great footwork. I have good vision as a running back. That pretty much sums it up."

He is already processing what he wants from his school choices. In the end there will be a lot of factors.

"I want to be able to count on the coaches for various things," he said. "I want to go somewhere where they will see if there are family issues they can get me back home. If my family wants to see me I want that to happen.

"I want the school to have my major. Academics and tutors and stuff are important. I am looking to go into computer science and make my own video games, something to do with sports."

Greg Little will be one of the most recruited players in North Carolina, a state where the Florida Gators had huge success last year, landing the top two recruits. The Gators are hoping to repeat that success in 2007.

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