Chris Littlehead: His Coach's Take

GoPokes.com interviewed the high school coach for each of the Oklahoma State commitments in the days leading up to National Signing Day. In this installment of "His Coach's Take," we visit with Sequoyah High School head coach Brent Scott about Chris Littlehead, a 6-3, 305-pound two-way lineman from Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

What are his strengths as a football player?
Brent Scott: He's very fundamentally sound and very aggressive, and I'm going on evaluations from what other people have said about him. They really like his aggressiveness and his ability to use his hands, very good agility and able to use his feet for a big guy. Chris does have a special nastiness to him. He can be very aggressive. You usually don't hear a statement like this about a lineman but he's a student of the game. He can evaluate film and set up blocks. He really is a student of the game, and you don't hear that quite often about a lineman.

What do you believe will be his biggest challenge in going from high school to playing in the Big 12?
Brent Scott: There are a lot of challenges no matter who it is when you're bumping from high school to college. That's probably a better question for Coach (Mike) Gundy or Coach (Bill) Young. I think the biggest challenge is probably just being challenged every day. We play at such a small level in (Class) 3A football where he was so dominant … I won't say that he was almost bored but every down in college, even in practice, he's going to have to come off the ball and compete every down where in high school he was a man amongst boys and he was able to get away with some things he won't be able to get away with in college. The speed of the game is going to be different. You hear that a lot for quarterbacks, receivers and running backs but I think that's going to be the case for Chris too. I think he'll be fine because he's been exposed to lots of All-Star games and functions that we've done throughout his career.

Was there one game, or maybe even one play, during his career that you'll always remember?
Brent Scott: I never really go watch the O-line practice because I don't have to because they are so well coached (by Bill Scott, the Sequoyah assistant coach). But I always enjoyed watching him (on film) after the game, and watching him just be so dominant. But the one time in particular was last spring when we went to a function in Austin, Texas, and he was over there with the lineman. The guy that used to coach for the (Dallas) Cowboys, (Joe) Avezzano, he's in charge of this camp, and I hear him ranting and raving about this kid from Oklahoma dominating, and I knew he was talking about Chris. So I went over there and stood from afar, and no one knew that I was his coach, and some of the quotes that I told you (earlier) were what Coach Avezzano and some other people were saying that day about his nastiness, coming off the ball, going until the whistle stops, just driving a guy 5 and 10 yards deep, just dominating some kids that were the best in Texas. I really enjoyed watching that day. From that time on, I made sure I went and watched somebody besides the receivers, and I went to watch Chris. I enjoyed watching him dominate. Then we went to OU (for a camp), and he wanted to go against some of those recruits that you could say OU passed him up and signed some them. It was a joy to watch him because he had a fire lit underneath him. He kicked off for us. We had the biggest kicker in Oklahoma, and I saw him make open-field tackles, and it was something to watch a 315-pounder making an open field tackle on a skill kid. That jumps out at me.

What are three words that describe him as a football player?
Brent Scott: Wants to win, wants to be successful. Chris wanted to be a Division I football player and has had the fire lit underneath him from the time he was a freshman to now. He just wants it so bad. He wanted to be at the level that he's at now. He never shied away from going against the four-star or five-star guys, the Texas guys. Just his willingness to win, to be successful and to be dominant.

Why do you think he chose Oklahoma State?
Brent Scott: I process information but I don't ever tell them where to go. Chris has had opportunities to visit a lot of college campuses throughout his career here. We've taken him all over the place. I think he chose Oklahoma State for what you see and for what they've done with their program. I've taken lots of players (to visit) there, and the welcome that you get from the people that are recruiting. Gunter Brewer and Bill Young are the guys that we've been around (the most), they really make you feel good. Once you get on that campus, they just make you feel special. I think that's why they're getting the recruits they are and having success. There's never a time that I've been there that a coach didn't come up and talk to me. They don't have to come talk to the high school coach, they don't have to do that. I know that under Coach Gundy's tenure that every time we've been there they've made our kids feel special. We went there when Chris was a freshman, and they had no idea they were going to recruit Chris Littlehead four years later, but they made him feel just as special that day as when they started recruiting him.

What type of impact to you expect him to have on the OSU football program?
Brent Scott: I don't know. If I was to give an answer it would be pure speculation. I don't know what they have in regards to O-line or D-line kids coming back. I know this, Chris thinks he can go up there and play right now. I wouldn't want a kid that didn't think that way. It would be very difficult to start as a true freshman on the O-line or D-line in the Big 12, but I wouldn't want a kid that didn't think he could play. When he gets there I think they're going to realize they got a better player than they realize they got. They don't have just some small school player, they got a heck of a lineman. One day he's going to be a great player for them.

Over the course of his college career, whether it be four or five years, what do you expect him to accomplish?
Brent Scott: The main thing with Chris is that he's going to leave there with an education. I wish I had listened to Coach Gundy a little bit more and maybe I would have graduated from OSU (see the former Cowboy quarterback (1991). No kidding, I think Chris, and I'll admit I'm biased, can be a special player. I think Chris wants to be a special player. I don't think Chris just wants to be a guy that got an opportunity to go play football, I think Chris wants to be a dominant player. He wants to be honored by the Big 12, and I think he can. He has that ability. He's got to get bigger, stronger and faster, and I know that Coach (Rob) Glass can do that. He's got a tremendous upside. I think you're going to see good things from him, and in a short amount of time.

What will you remember the most about coaching him?
Brent Scott: Chris is a kid that has lived in our dorms for four years, and we've been with Chris every day. The one thing I remember about Chris is the first day he walked on campus he said that he was going to start, and his willingness to want to be the best. He took football real serious. The one thing I'm going miss about Chris is his leadership in our locker room and his desire to win, just wanting to be a winner. We're definitely going to miss Chris Littlehead.

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