UNC Among Little's Final Five

With his self imposed decision day coming in approximately two weeks, Greg Little has narrowed his list of favorites down to five schools -- and North Carolina made the cut.

"I've narrowed my list down to Notre Dame, Ohio State, USC, Florida, and UNC," Little told Inside Carolina on Thursday evening.

A 6-foot-4 210-pound athlete from Durham (N.C.) Hillside, Little took his first official visit this past weekend to Notre Dame.

"It was real nice," said Little. "[Notre Dame] had a real nice campus, stadium, and everything. The students were into the game from start to finish. It was a unique experience."

Following the visit, the Fighting Irish became Little's leader.

"[My leader is] Notre Dame right now because that's the only official that I've went to and I can see myself getting some early playing time and I like the offensive system," said Little.

This weekend, Little will take an official trip to Ohio State (versus Penn State), and then officially visit Southern Cal on October 7th when the Trojans host Washington.

After returning from Los Angeles, Little will announce his college decision on that Monday (October 9th).

He said he won't officially visit Florida or North Carolina before making his college selection.

"I've seen both of those already," said Little. "I feel like I've seen enough of those schools to make a decision [without taking official visits]."

Little has been keeping a close eye the Tar Heels' season, and has attended the Virginia Tech game.

"They had some tough games early on playing some tough opponents, you can't knock them for that," said Little.

Come decision time, Little will focus on three things – playing time, coaching staff, and academics. In Little's eyes, North Carolina includes all three items.

"I think I could [get early playing time at UNC]," said Little. "I look at Hakeem Nicks and he's got some quality time as a freshman and getting some balls. It's one thing playing, it's another thing actually getting touches.

"[The coaches] are some real great guys – good recruiters and good guys overall – good guys to hang around, good guys to get advice from.

"The value of their degree is exceptional."

Additionally, Little has developed a strong relationship with members of the Tar Heels' current commitment list.

"I still love the recruiting class that they're bringing in – some pretty good guys I can see myself playing with," said Little.

With Little playing all over the field, Hillside is off to a 3-1 start to the 2006 season. On offense, Little has played quarterback, running back, and slot and split receiver, accumulating 605 all-purpose yards and six all-purpose touchdowns. On defense, he has seen time at safety, cornerback and linebacker.

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