Little Scheduling Officials

DURHAM, N.C. --- Progressing right along with is recruitment, Greg Little has begun to map out his official visits schedule.

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    "As of right now, I plan on taking official visits to USC and Notre Dame," said Little on Wednesday evening from the Hillside HS practice field. "I have one set for Notre Dame – I think September 16th for the Michigan game. USC, I haven't set anything up officially yet with the coaches.

    "I'm also going down to Atlanta for the Georgia Tech and Notre Dame game. I'll do that on the second [of September]. That will be an unofficial. I'm going down there with my coach."

    Little, a 6-foot-4 210-pound athlete, listed Florida, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, South Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and "a few others" as contenders for the final three visit slots.

    A noticeable omission from the aforementioned group is North Carolina, which he has visited many times this summer.

    "It's not a need [to take an official visit with UNC], because it's so close," said Little. "That's just somewhere I could just drive to and stay on campus with one of the guys."

    Little is still aiming for an October 6th announcement date – the day of his homecoming - but is planning on narrowing his list of options down to a more manageable number relatively soon.

    "Probably after the first three games, after that first weekend of September I'll narrow it down to five," said Little.

    Little denies having a leader, but his head football coach, Ray Harrison, revealed the Tar Heels are unquestionably in strong contention.

    "They definitely have a great shot," said Harrison Wednesday before practice. "The coaching staff is great, players contact Greg, so they are definitely recruiting him hard. He likes it over there."

    Although he could fit in at quite a few positions, Little is looking to play wide receiver on the next level. During his junior season at Hillside, Little started at tailback, but will see just about every snap as a slot receiver this season.

    "We have a couple good young kids coming up that fit the role of running back," said Harrison. "And just looking for the future for him he wants to play [wide receiver] at the next level, so we're giving him the opportunity to prove people wrong that said he can't do it.

    "He's catching the ball coming off the jugs machine about 300 times a day, so he's going to get better at it. He's running routes hard every day."

    Little believes the transition from tailback to receiver will be smooth.

    "It's easy to cope with right now," said Little. "I mean it's going pretty good in practice. I see myself excelling with the weeks going by. I think I should do pretty good [at wide out]."

    As expected, Little will be an integral part of the Hillside offense.

    "We have a wide open offense, kind of like the [Indianapolis] Colts," said Harrison. "So on average maybe ten-to-twelve balls are thrown his way and he's still going to run the ball possibly ten times from the slot position or coming from the backfield. He's still going to touch the ball between 22-to-28 times a game."

    On defense, Little will see an increased role. He'll start in the secondary, but his offensive responsibilities will always take precedence.

    "On the defensive side we're going to line him up at strong safety sometimes," said Harrison. "Goal line situations, he'll line him up at outside linebacker and have him come off the edge.

    "He probably only played about 25 snaps on defense [last year] and he ended up getting three interceptions. On pass situations he has great range and he has really good instincts. I can put him and Tyree [Bullock] back there [at safety] in Cover 2 situations and lock down that entire secondary."

    Little expects a lot of good things individually and team-wise for his senior season and doesn't feel any pressure from his recruiting hype.

    "I don't consider football any pressure," said Little. "Football is just a game there's no pressure from it."

    A four-star prospect, Little rushed 160 times for 1,166 yards and 26 touchdowns last season. During reps at wideout, he caught 23 passes for 375 yards and four touchdowns.

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