Little: 'It Gives Them An Edge'

The North Carolina coaching staff is hoping to build some momentum from Mike Paulus' verbal commitment last week by landing additional elite prospects -- such as five-star athlete Greg Little.

"Yeah, [Paulus's commitment] really does [help UNC]," said Little. "It gives them an edge with having Mike and [my teammate] Jonathan [Smith]."

Little, who is being recruited as a combination tailback/wide receiver, said he is definitely interested in playing in an offense that has Paulus at the helm.

"Mike is a great athlete," said Little. "He loves to compete and has a great arm."

Additionally, Little has built a bond with Paulus on a personal level.

"Mike is a good guy with great character," said Little. "We seem to be getting along with each other, a lot. We're on the same page with recruiting and everything. He helps me out with a lot of situations with recruiting and gives me a heads up about different schools."

In addition to giving Little recruiting tips, Paulus works as an extended part of the Tar Heels' recruiting staff.

"We talk about [me coming to UNC] every night," said Little. "He said that the offensive coordinator has great plans for us, and that me and him can make a difference."

Paulus, who informed Little of his intentions to commit prior to it being made public, has made Little well aware of the positives of committing to North Carolina.

"[He told me he was going to commit] about a couple of days before," said Little. "He said he was picking UNC because they have a great coaching staff, he felt like he could make a difference early, great academics, great social life, great campus – it was a great all-around school."

While Paulus' commitment seems to be working in the Tar Heels' favor, Little still maintains he's open to each of this 25 scholarship offering schools.

Prior to his superb showings at several combines this spring, Little mostly played tailback during his junior season at Durham (N.C.) Hillside, where he rushed 160 times for 1,166 yards and 26 touchdowns. During reps at wide out, he caught 23 passes for 375 yards and four touchdowns. In limited action on defense, Little picked off four passes.

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