I remember seeing Greg Little sitting across from me at the U.S Army junior combine registration. Greg was soft-spoken, yet thoughtful in his responses. He was certainly athletic with long arms and broad shoulders. Rush defensive end was the first thought that crossed my mind. "Little" did I know then that I was looking at one of the top wide receiver prospects at the combine and one of two receivers that would be named to the 2006 U.S. Army All-American Combine team.
"I think I did great," Greg Little said after a little encouragement on my part. "I think I did real well. From the way I performed and the kind of talent that was out there I think I performed really well."
"There were some great players out there," Little said of the defensive backs he was competing against. "They had great footwork and they had great technique. They were pretty good."
What is so surprising about Little is that he really hasn't played much receiver in his young career.
"I played mostly fullback my freshman year and mostly blocked," Greg said of his first year playing high school football. "Then I started to grow a little, so I started to become a running back and tight end. Then by my junior year I developed into a running back and receiver. It's been the type of thing where my team needs me at a different position so I need to do the best I can there."
Because Little was used primary as a tailback as a junior, a number of schools simply don't know what he is capable of accomplishing at wide receiver. After his performance at the U.S. Army All-American combine expect most of his recruiting attention to come as a wide receiver.
"The schools that have come by, some have talked about running back and the other half have talked about receiver," Little said. "I really thought about it and weighted my options and I think I can really excel at the (receiver) position and take over a game."
Two schools, Nebraska and Duke, have already offered Little a scholarship, but expect that number to jump dramatically in the coming months. Greg is hoping that his favorite colleges will be among them.
"Notre Dame, Michigan, Georgia Tech, Tennessee and Texas," Little replied when asked who his top schools were.
Irish fans will be pleased to hear their school listed by one of the top wide receivers in the country, but that begs the question of why a top receiver from the Southeast has Notre Dame so high on his list of schools.
"Charlie Weis," Little said emphatically when asked what attracted him to Notre Dame. "I think he's a great coach and from what I hear, he has a lot to offer. I've heard some really great things.
"They can either throw it or run it. As long as it's some type of exciting offense, I think I can cope with the changes in the offense."