BEAVERTON, ORE. - Bellaire Episcopal (Tex.) offensive tackle Walker Little understands there are two sides to the coin when being a student-athlete. The 6-foot-7, 301-pound offensive tackle is one of the top prospects in the 2017 class, jumping up to the second-rated tackle this year.
The elite tackle talks about The Opening and his recruitment.
The five-star recruit also realizes he has to deliver in the classroom as well. His highest priority for his college destination is academics, noting he has always been a good student. His next priority? A place where he can win.
Stanford could deliver on both of those, being rated among the elite educations in the country and always being a threat for Rose Bowl and national championship runs. Before he can continue the recruiting process, though, he needs to get accepted into Stanford.
"For Stanford, I just finished the application and sent that in. Once I hear back from them, I will be able to narrow it down and see where they stand with me, things like that," Little said.
Little has been on the Stanford campus twice and said the Cardinal are definitely in play for him along with Ole Miss, Alabama, Florida State, Michigan and Texas, who Little calls "a big school for me".
There are plenty of big-time programs on that list, so what makes Stanford stand apart?
"The coaching staff is just incredible. Coach Shaw, Coach Bloomgren, Coach Alamar have all been really close to my recruitment, and they are all great football minds," Little said. "Great academics, obviously, it's the best of both worlds. It's a little far for home, but it's a great school and I could definitely see myself there."
If everything goes well with Little's application, Stanford "would definitely be a top school" for him.
Little said he tries to parallel his game to Washington Redskin Trent Williams, who is also from the Houston area. When Williams is in town, the two work out together.
"He teaches me a lot of things, and I try to stay as close to him as possible," Little said.
Training with Williams must have helped prep the tackle for The Opening, who was impressive in Beaverton.
"It definitely boosts your confidence a lot, but you can't ever focus on the rankings. You have to go out there and play your game and hope people notice. That's what I tried to go out and do...just go as hard as I could," Little said.
The Cardinal have been linked to fellow elite tackle Foster Sarell, and Little's application is approved, they could be looking at two premiere blockers up front.
Music to David Shaw's ears.
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