Little Lands Terps Offer, High on UMD

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Massaponax (Fredericksburg, Va.) inside linebacker Gus Little was thought to be a heavy Boston College lean, but there's now another prime contender for the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder's services. Little excelled at Maryland's one-day camp June 1 and came away with a coveted Terps offer.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Massaponax (Fredericksburg, Va.) inside linebacker Gus Little was thought to be a heavy Boston College lean, but there's now another prime contender for the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder's services. Little excelled at Maryland's one-day camp June 1 and came away with a coveted Terps offer.

"I was really, really excited about the Maryland offer," said Little, who now holds verbals from the likes of BC, UMD, Marshall, ODU, JMU, Army, Toledo and others. "Coach [Randy] Edsall came right over, put his arm around me and let me know it was on the table. He said he'd already talked to my dad and my coach before the camp was even over, and then he came over to me and said he was honored to offer.

"I don't want to name a list or anything because I'm not ready to do that yet, but Maryland is high and I'm pretty excited about them. Boston College is right there, and Marshall is up there too, but I do really like what I'm seeing from Maryland."

Little spent most of the day learning from inside linebackers coach Keith Dudzinski. During the six-plus hour camp, the two bonded well and Little said there was an immediate connection.

"I spent all day with Coach Dud, and he was giving me all kinds of pointers and tips. He was coaching me up, I did what he told me, and I learned a lot," Little said. "He was saying how coachable I was, and how he really liked what I brought to the table, and how he hoped he could coach me at Maryland one day. So we really connected."

Dudzinski does not recruit Little, however. That would be outside linebackers coach Lyndon Johnson, who has had a rapport with Little for several months now.

"I think Chad Wilt recruits my area, but Coach Johnson has kind of taken me under his wing. Me and Coach Johnson have a really close relationship, and he's a very good guy," Little said. "He visited my school a couple weeks ago and told me everything I needed to do to get the offer when I came to camp. I did exactly what he said, and the offer was right there for me. He's a man of his word (laughs)."

The one-day was actually Little's third time on campus. He previously attended a junior day and a spring practice in College Park.

"The campus, the coaches, the feel there – I really like Maryland," Little said. "Like I said, they're in a good spot. They're moving to the Big Ten, it's great academics and they have a lot to offer as a program.

"The coaches were saying they need linebackers like me to cover those big tight ends in the Big Ten. And I feel like I'd fit into their scheme well, and my skill-set really suits what they do there. I feel like I can make an impact as a cover-linebacker in the Big Ten. So Maryland would be a great opportunity for me."

Little, though, has long been pursued by Boston College. In fact, he's returning to BC this week for an overnight stay.

"Boston College, they have a great reputation of producing linebackers. If you just look at the guys they put in the league, it's very impressive," Little said. "They also have a great staff and it's an impressive school with great academics. I think very highly of that program and what they're doing in the ACC. They have a great defense under Coach [Don] Brown."

Marshall is also under consideration. Little visited the Herd this spring and liked what he saw.

"I enjoyed myself when I was there and they treated me well," Little said. "Also, my grandfather played there, so I have that connection with them."

Expect Little to reach a decision on a college sometime soon. After he visits BC June 4, he has no other planned camps or trips.

"[The decision] could be the end of this week, it could be mid-July, it could be August," Little said. "We'll see what happens, but I definitely want to get it done before my senior year."

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