Little sold on "higher standard" at Navy

Walter Little III told that he committed to the U.S. Naval Academy on Tuesday, January 6th. The recruiting process for the St. Paul's Episcopal (Mobile, Ala.) safety began during the spring with a visit from Navy's Keith Jones. Today he let the secondary coach intends to sign with Navy on February 4th.

Walter Little III Bio

“My (Navy offer) came in the third week of the season," Little said. "During Christmas break I had some time to think about the decision. I thought about how Navy hold their players to a higher standard. I grew up with those same ideals and values. What hit home to me was the exceptional education I'll be receiving (at Navy), the chance to continue my football career on a great team, and the automatic job I'll have coming out of college. I also have some family in the Annapolis area.

"When I was on campus for the VMI game with my family, I saw the comradery on the team. That was neat to me to be able to see the chemistry the players have on the field and a sense of family in the locker room. The campus is great too, full of history and tradition. Both of those factored in as well when I was deciding. I actually never thought about military service before I started talking to Navy, but I see it as a great thing to be a part of as well. It's not going to be a problem for me.

"Coach Jones didn't really get into specifics about my game, but they want me to come in and play defensive back. He has talked about how I play with a high motor with a lot of intensity. I sat down this afternoon with my head coach and called (Coach Jones). He told me he was outside shoveling snow, but was very excited to receive my commitment.

"I think I'll be going in direct next year. I've got my nomination and all that stuff. It's just a relief to know where it is I'll be going. People have been asking me what I was going to do and until today I didn't know what to tell them. I'm excited that I can tell people I'm going to Navy."

Little (6-foot, 205-pounds) went out a state champion at St. Paul's Episcopal. In his senior season, Little, a team captain, made 90 tackles, three for loss, two forced fumbles, and one interception to help the Saints go undefeated (15-0) in Alabama 5A. In the off-season, Little is playing basketball, running track, and conditioning for Navy.

"I got to watch Navy's bowl game with San Diego State," he shared. "I love their style of play. I'm going to be working out hard this spring so I can go in and contribute in any way I can to help the team."

Although Navy was Little's lone offer at the time of his commitment, he was receiving strong interest from several D-2 and D-3 programs. Top Stories