Illinois is already hot on the trail of talented quarterbacks in the 2018 class, including a couple in-state. But on Thursday, the Illini offered an under-the-radar signal-caller who recently made a move from North Carolina to the Peach State.
Littlejohn, who moved at the semester from Lincolnton, NC, a town of just over ten-thousand, to Roswell, Georgia. The move was a long time in the making for Littlejohn and his family, but he and his parents felt it would be the best for their entire family's future.
"I moved for this year and next year," Littlejohn said. "My family and I have visited here many times over the last five years, and we wanted to make a little change. Where I'm from (in Lincolnton), it's a small town, and we wanted to experience something different. They have great schools here in Georgia and it gives us more opportunities to grow as a family."
Littlejohn passed for 3,655 yards and 50 touchdowns (to only 7 interceptions) as a junior this year. He also ran for 320 yards on 76 carries. His younger brother Jamal, a sophomore, also plays football. The move to Roswell will inherently bring Littlejohn more exposure. But he knows the relocation is about more than just that.
"I think (it will bring me more exposure)," Littlejohn said, "but I'm just trying to work hard and take advantage of every opportunity academically and athletically."
After a stat-stuffing season like he had, Littlejohn was still waiting for schools to take notice. He had visited a couple of local schools during the season, but didn't land an offer. That changed on Thursday night when Illinois offensive coordinator Garrick McGee gave Littlejohn the call he was waiting for when he extended him a scholarship offer.
"It was a great feeling!" Littlejohn said. "This was my first offer, but just knowing that all my hard work has payed off was great."
Littlejohn is as talented off the field as he is on the field. Not only is he a skilled athlete, but he is also a talented piano player and is considering a future even in music.
"As a quarterback, some of my strengths are decision making, accuracy, mobility, and will to win," he said. "I listen to coaches that said I just need to polish up my technique."
He continued, "I like a good Business school also I love Music...But I would love a good academic school and one that has a football program that fits me. I also play the piano and I love to sing. I might want to make music someday or go into music business."
As for plans to see some of the schools recruiting him, including Illinois, Littlejohn hopes to see a few programs this spring and summer once things settle down.
"We are going to Louisville and University of South Carolina in February," he said. "And I'm not sure where to in the Spring and Summer, but I know we are going to make it to Illinois."