Drew Little – Time to Shine

Drew Little is a name to keep in mind for recruiting fans. He's a rising junior from Henry County High (Ga.) but many of the top schools in the southeast already know plenty about him. He has hit the combines and college camp circuit this summer, distinguishing himself as a top prospect for the Class of 2009.

Drew Little is a name to keep in mind for recruiting fans. He's a rising junior from Henry County High (Ga.) but many of the top schools in the southeast already know plenty about him. He has hit the combines and college camp circuit this summer and has started to distinguish himself as a top prospect for the Class of 2009.

It's hard to picture a potentially big-time 6'5" quarterback being in someone else's shadow, but that has been the case with Drew. His best friend and go-to wide receiver, Chris Jackson, is a year ahead of Drew and has already gone through the recruiting process. Jackson received early offers from colleges and chose Georgia Tech last December as the first member of their 2008 class.

For all of the attention Chris received, Drew was right there with him experiencing the process and seeing how Jackson handled each situation. Soon, all of that attention will turn to Drew and he'll be a prime prospect in his own right. With more schools and recruiting publications sure to come calling in the coming months, Drew has a mentor in how to approach the whole process.

Tell me about your connection with teammate Chris Jackson (personally and on-the-field).

He is my best friend. We have been like brothers since I was 8 years old. On the field, he is a pretty good target!!

You'll soon be coming out from the shadow of Chris and other division-one prospects you probably know and become a prospect in your own right. What have you learned from watching how your other friends have approached recruiting?

I have learned a lot. I have been privileged to attend many camps and combines the past few years. I have been around some great players. It has definitely helped my confidence.

What would you do differently?

Nothing, I think Chris did a great job staying humble. After he made his decision to commit, he hasn't wavered. That shows his loyalty.

Do you think playing in a wide-open offense will prepare you for the college game?

I hope so. My receivers are all prospects; they really make me look good. I do like our offense. Our coaches are very creative and give me a lot of input.

What are your goals for the team and for yourself in this upcoming season?

My goal is to make the state playoffs and then see what happens. Maybe we could surprise some people and play for a Title. That would be big for Henry County.

Even with lots of talent surrounding you at the skill positions, do you think you'll be able to accomplish your goals this year with a thin depth chart and some question marks about where the blocking will come from?

Our coach has been preaching quality not quantity. I have confidence in our staff and our guys to get the job done up front.

In recruiting, what schools are sending you correspondence right now?

Until Sept 1st, I believe no one can send me mail except for camp brochures. I have attended camps at Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida State and Tennessee.

What schools are you most interested in at this time?

Georgia Tech has been really good to me. I have taken many unofficials there. All of the schools where I have attended camps have also been nice.

Do you expect any early scholarship offers?

A few schools have led me to believe so. It will be a dream come true.

Do you see yourself trying to commit early for your signing class and help recruit others - like Chris Jackson has done - or do you think you'll take your time with the process and see what all is out there to offer?

I wouldn't want to drag the process out just to get attention. I think it would be nice to commit early and become a leader for my class.

I understand that your team has done very well in 7-on-7 competition. How has that experience compared to playing regular 11-on-11 tackle football?

Like I said earlier, my receivers are a joy to play with in 7-on-7. We feel like we can compete with anybody. 11-on-11 is a different game. You must win the battles up front. I think you need a balance between run and pass to be successful.

What are your expectations for the upcoming competition in Hoover, Alabama?

There is supposed to be 64 of the best teams in the nation there. I hope to win it. But our main goal is to gain confidence for our season competing against these great teams.

What do you consider your strengths to be?

My size has always helped. My understanding of how you must continue to work if you want to get better.

What will you be working on this year to improve you game?

My ability to recognize coverages, getting us in the right plays in audible situations and leading the team during times of adversity.

Tell about your off season conditioning program and how you think it will improve your play over your sophomore season.

I have worked hard on getting stronger. More importantly, I have been trying to increase my speed and agility. I hope this will make me more effective this year.

Do you pattern your style after any well-known quarterbacks?

Because of my size, my coaches tell me to pattern my game after [Ben] Roethlisberger. I like Peyton [Manning] though. I would love to play like either one of them.

#11 QB Drew Little - Sophomore Highlights

#11 QB Drew Little - Sophomore Highlights


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