One team that has surprised Chris Little (6-foot-6, 327 pounds) Notre Dame. Not many expected this Irish to be hanging around this late with Little. Not only are the Irish hanging around, but they are making a strong push for Chris.
"They have moved up," Little responded when asked about his interest in Notre Dame. "Throughout the day I might get one or two text messages for coach Lewis or coach Weis.
"Notre Dame is a school that you can get a good education. They have a high graduation rate and Coach Weis was a coached in the pros.
"I have my top-five, but I don't have it in an particular order… Notre Dame is up there though," Chris said. "Georgia is up there, Florida State, University of Florida; previously I had Miami up there because I thought they were going to offer, but they haven't offered so I'm going to put Clemson in there."
"I'm trying to decide who I'm going to take my official visits to. With Miami not offering yet and the season getting close to starting I need to get everything settled so I can make my decision in October.
Once recruits settle on five schools the next step in scheduling their official visit. At this time Little is comparing his football schedule with the colleges schedules to find the best date to visit.
"I spoke with coach (Bill) Lewis on Thursday afternoon," Little said of his conversation with the Notre Dame defensive backs coach. "He sent the flight itinerary to my coach so were trying to get my visit set up now. I'd fly out Saturday morning for the Penn State game on September 9. I'm going to try to go up to the Georgia Tech game also.
"I'm going to try to get up to the Florida State/Clemson game in Tallahassee the next weekend, but the other schools I haven't gotten a date yet. I've tried to schedule one with Clemson in October. I'm also trying to get one scheduled with Georgia and I'm just waiting for the coaches to get me a schedule."
Twiggs County starts the season with a scrimmage this Thursday night at Central high school of Macon. The first official game is a week from this Friday at home against Georgia Military College.
"I've talked to coach Copeland about the Penn State game because our bye week is in September. I do think that's the weekend of our bye week so I'll likely go up then."
Notre Dame will be happy to host Chris for a weekend, and if he makes it to the Penn State game on September 9, he will likely be able to watch the Irish on two consecutive weekends. Chris is also making plans to watch the Irish take on Georgia Tech in Atlanta September 2.
Until that time Chris is trying to prepare for his upcoming season.
"I've just been working out with my team," Little said of his summer activities. "I haven't had any chance to visit any schools, but I am going up to Georgia Tech [Friday] because my team is competing in the seven-on seven tournament. It's kind of going to be an unofficial visit while I'm there.
"I've been playing football since the sixth or seventh grade and right now, I'm in the best shape than I have been in the past. I'm a lot stronger than I have been and I really notice a big difference. I've worked out hard in the past, but I've never worked out as hard as I have lately.
"We start camp the last week of July and then we really get going from there," Little said. "We have our first preseason game the third Friday in August. I'm excited. We have a lot of good games this year."