Fans of Notre Dame recruiting are no different as they patiently, and sometimes impatiently, wait for their "cant miss" guy to receive his offer. Irish scholarship offers have recently been extended to two of the most coveted players of the faithful followers of Notre Dame recruiting. What have you been missing by not being a member of Irish Eyes?
It's not hard to see why Notre Dame fans were so enamored with Scout.com Top-100 wide receiver prospect Greg Little, 6-2, 205, Hillside High School, Durham, NC. This talented athlete sports a 40" vertical jump and may be closer to 6-4 than the 6-2 listed on the Scout.com database. Last week, Little, received "The Call" from Irish head coach Charlie Weis, offering him a scholarship.
"Coach Ianello texted me and I called him," explained Little. "I was talking to coach Ianello and he said he had some good news for me and he put me on with coach Weis. He (Weis) said they've liked me for a long time and they were just trying to get some admissions things done. After they finished that up, he called me and offered. I was really excited about that."
Like so many other recruits, Little was quite impressed with Weis and the Irish head coach's reputation for toughness seemed to resonate with him.
"He's a real good guy…he really is," said Little of Weis. "He's the kind of coach that I've been looking for that can challenge me and make me a better player."
Little primarily played running back last year but projects as a wide receiver in college. If he has his way, though, he'll play all over the field.
"He said he'd really love to put me at wide receiver, said Little. "I don't mind playing different positions or even multiple positions. That's what I do now so I'd really enjoy doing that."
Little had hoped to trek to South Bend for the Blue-Gold game but that date conflicts with his school's Prom. Still, Little definitely plans to make a trip to South Bend. The Irish offer has obviously moved them way up on the talented player's list.
"I was trying to get up there April 22…. I'll try to get there at another date. That (Notre Dame's offer) should play a lot into my decision. I've been waiting on the offer. I hope to narrow everything down in May."
Narrowing down may be quite a chore for Little. In addition to Notre Dame, he currently holds offers from Clemson, Miami, Duke, Florida, Mississippi, Michigan, Michigan State, Arizona State, North Carolina State, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Wake Forest.
During his junior season, Little rushed for 1166 yards and scored 26 touchdowns. He also caught 23 passes for 375 yards and 4 touchdowns. In limited defensive action, he intercepted 4 passes.
Little isn't the only wide receiver that has attracted the fancy of Irish fans. Scout.com Top-100 prospect Deonte Thompson, 6-1, 185, Glades Central High School, Belle Glade, FL is one of the true speedsters in the 2007 class. With a recorded forty time of 4.28 seconds, Thompson would definitely bring some world-class speed to the Irish receiving corps. Notre Dame extended a scholarship about a month ago and Thompson certainly sounds interested.
"I'm interested in Notre Dame," said Thompson. "They're recruiting me. Coach Weis just texted me. The last time I spoke to him was about two weeks ago. He's recruiting me; and coach Ianello. I'm thinking about going up there for their spring game."
Notre Dame will definitely face stiff competition for Thompson's signature. In addition to the Irish, he currently expresses interest in Miami, Ohio State, USC, Florida and Georgia. And while Miami may be the local school for the Florida burner, he grew up a Gator fan.
"I was a Florida fan growing up," explained Thompson. "Florida was always a dream school. I went to a couple of games this fall. It's got a nice campus, nice stadium; it's a good school."
Thompson has visited a number of campuses, including all of the Florida schools. He has camped at Auburn and Georgia Tech. Though he is looking to take addition unofficial visits, he has yet to map out his schedule.
As a junior, Thompson hauled in 35 passes for 767 yards and returned 12 kicks for 515 yards and two touchdowns.