When Texas held its annual spring game earlier this month, the top recruit in attendance likely wasn't a 2015 prospect.
That honor probably fell to 2016 Allen offensive tackle Greg Little, considered the consensus No. 1 player in the state in his class and a candidate for the No. 1 player in the country.
"It was really cool," Little said of the spring game visit. "I had a great time. It was definitely a pleasure being there."
The rare player who saw a ton of time for a powerhouse Allen team as a freshman, Little has helped the Eagles to a combined 31-1 record and back-to-back state championships. And recruiters took notice of the 6-foot-6, 285-pounder early on. Texas A&M was the first to extend an offer, doing so after the fourth game of Little's sophomore year. Texas followed three weeks later, and the offer rush hasn't really slowed since.
"I didn't really pay attention to colleges, so it caught me really off guard when the first offer came," Little said. "Since then, I've started to get more."
At Allen, Little is part of the best tackle duo in the state, with Oklahoma commitment Bobby Evans playing left tackle and Little — a likely college left tackle himself — playing on the right. He said his game improved as last year went on and he began to find his legs with each passing contest.
"I got beat a few times against Southlake in the first game," Little said. "But after that, it got way easier for me. I got stronger also, and that really helped."
Indeed, Little is still growing into his body, looking almost lanky at 285 pounds.
"I'm not really a big guy. I'm tall, and I'm solid, but I'm not fat or heavy," Little said. "I'm agile. I have the feet to get downfield. While I get some pancakes, you won't see a lot of pancakes on my film. I think you'll see a lot of technique, in-space blocks and blocks downfield.
"I can block a guy on top of me," Little said. "But I only had like 15 pancakes last year."
Expect to see that number jump up this year as Little continues to get stronger and fill out his form. But while he can always get more powerful, it's impossible to teach what he does from an athleticism standpoint at the tackle position. Little looks almost relaxed in pass-protection, easily able to mirror pass-rushers. And he pulls and tracks downfield with relative ease, finding consistent work on the second level.
While Little was offered by the previous Texas staff early on, his offer from the new staff didn't come until the week before the spring game. But it also wasn't a blind offer — Little said he'd been talking to the Texas staff, particularly area recruiter Chris Rumph and offensive line coach Joe Wickline "for a while now."
"Coach Rumph is a cool guy," Little said. "He's a really cool guy."
Little said he also had a chance to speak a bit with head coach Charlie Strong at the Texas Spring Game.
Despite 17 offers and an early five-star ranking from Scout.com — the only one given out to an offensive tackle in the 2016 class so far — Little is still in the beginning stages of his recruitment and admits that all schools are "pretty much equal" to him at this time.
"I haven't really broken it down just yet," Little said.
Little, who said location won't be a factor in his recruitment, said that he's looking for a great atmosphere, a good staff and a school with good fans, among other factors.