Still being two years away from attending college has not slowed schools down from showing a ton of interest in 2017 Episcopal HS (Tex.) offensive lineman Walker Little, who has been racking up the offers lately including one from SMU.
“It’s really good, you know I didn’t expect it to be honest, I talked with coach Fry, they got me up their face to face and offered me a scholarship so they just talked to me about how much they wanted me there and offered it to me,” Little said, “It was nice, I’m very excited, coach Fry is a good coach and I look forward to developing that relationship.”
Out of all the coaches at SMU that Little has gotten the chance to speak with, he has developed the strongest relationship with SMU offensive line coach Dustin Fry.
“Coach Fry is the one that I talk to the most, I definitely talk to him the most out of all the coaches, I really have got a great relationship with him, he’s really done a nice job of selling me moving forward with this program, I like him a lot, I have a really great relationship with him,” Little said.
The 6-7, 301-pound offensive tackle has not yet scheduled a visit with the Mustangs but plans to take a more in depth look at the Hilltop in the coming weeks.
“I haven’t planned one yet but I definitely will take one, I’ve seen great things with their facilities, I look forward to getting up there and looking at the place but I look forward to setting that up,” Little said.
As the spring season is beginning to wind down and summer is now in session for many schools, it was a successful one for the Episcopal lineman as he’s developed relationships with a variety of different schools.
“It’s been great so far, I picked up a whole bunch of offers, just working on a lot of different things as a team,” Little said, “I’ve played as well but its been really awesome just meeting with different schools and developing relationships with the head coaches and the offensive line coaches.”
Little will certainly not be short on options when it comes to picking a school as he already has offers from Ole Miss, Arizona State, Baylor, Maryland, Missouri, North Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Rice, SMU, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, Texas Tech, Tulsa and Vanderbilt.
When he does start narrowing down his list of schools, something he says he would like to do heading into next year so he can continue to focus on academics, his relationships with the staff will play a key role.
“The relationships with the coaches, whether I feel comfortable, the whole education, but just the whole school in general and the whole environment of it, I want to have a chance to win games and go to a bowl, as well as feel comfortable, so just the environment s a whole,” Little said.
One factor that will likely not play a central role for the 4-star Scout offensive lineman is staying close to home, if a better option lies outside the state of Texas.
“I don’t have to stay in Texas, I mean it would be nice to stay in Texas to play but if I find a school that I’m more comfortable at I’ll go to that school,” Little said.
For right now, however, focusing on his academics, and improving as a player serve as the most important goals for Little, at least heading into his junior season.
“Just technique, making sure my technique is getting better but just working on my blocks, and working on moving off the ball, and continuing to work on my footwork, as well as getting bigger, faster and stronger,” Little said, “Really I’m just trying to work on absolutely everything.”