Switch! Little picks Dawgs

ATHENS – For one reason or another no one expected Chris Little to commit to Georgia, but that turned out to be wrong.

Dozens of months after Georgia coaches knew about the massive middle-Georgia prospect, they figured out they were on the outside looking in. Out-of-state programs like Clemson, Florida and Notre Dame became the leaders – Georgia was not in the mix it seemed.

Part of the intrigue on Little was due to the fact that he didn't do a lot of recruiting because he was working a summer job as well as working out with his Twiggs County teammates. His time in the summer was limited, and so was the information about his feelings towards the programs that were offering him scholarships.

Before the summer, however, Little did visit Athens unofficially in the spring for a camp. That's when Trinton Sturdivant made his feelings known to both Little and Antwane Greenlee.

"Sturdivant was talking to me and Greenlee about going to Georgia. Just telling us we all needed to come to Georgia together," Little said earlier this year.

It took a long time, but that's just what happened today.

Conventional thinking is that a program like Georgia should be able to keep a top-level talent like Little in state, but all other indications were that Little was headed out of state. Twiggs County's last two top players, Antonio Clay and Joe Joe Cox signed with Clemson. In fact Cox and Little are cousins, which seemed to also help the Tigers' chances with him.

But after the chatter about Clemson died down the fireworks really started. Earlier this month Little committed to Florida State, then switched to Notre Dame days later. It was a whirlwind process that ended with his signing with Georgia today.

Little's switch to Georgia solidifies one of the largest offensive line classes for the Bulldogs in recent memory. Although the Bulldogs lost out on Antwane Greenlee earlier this morning they got a bump back up with Little committing.

Depth on the offensive line will immediately be addressed with the addition of two junior college linemen Vince Vance and Scott Haverkamp. The future of the line, and perhaps depth for 2007, was solidified when Justin Anderson, Sturdivant and Tanner Strickland enroll early in January. Ben Harden must fulfill academic obligations at Hargrave to get into school. The ever-growing Clint Boling closes out the massive class of linemen.

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