Stanford picked up another huge (literally and figuratively) commit in 5-star offensive tackle Walker Little on Friday.
Little is the #2 offensive tackle of the 2017 class, behind only fellow Stanford target Foster Sarell.
Stanford has built their success upon strong offensive lineman, specifically at the tackle position, and Little’s addition is among the best in David Shaw’s tenure.
But just how good?
Little becomes the fourth top-10 tackle Coach Shaw has brought in since taking over the program in January, 2011.
2017 Walker Little, 6-foot-8, 305 pounds, #2 OT of 2017 class (#16 overall), Bellaire, TX
Little is among the elite tackles in the country. As the #16 recruit in the 2017 class, the Army All-American had every big-time program looking at him. This is the highest-rated tackle the Cardinal has landed since 2012’s Kyle Murphy.
2014 Casey Tucker, 6-foot-6, 290 pounds, #2 OT of 2014 class (#22 overall), Chandler, AZ
Tucker began his playing career early with the Cardinal, contributing in the 2014 season. Since then, he established himself as the starting right tackle in 2015 and jumped around the line last year, starting seven games and playing in eight.
2012 Kyle Murphy, 6-foot-7, 268 pounds, #4 OT of 2012 class (#14 overall), San Clemente, CA
Murphy helped lead the way in 2015 for Christian McCaffrey and the Cardinal offense as a whole. In 2014, Murphy was one of college football’s best pass blockers, posting a 97.8 pass blocking efficiency according to Pro Football Focus. Murphy was a sixth round pick for the Packers in the 2016 NFL Draft.
2012 Andrus Peat, 6-foot-7, 305 pounds, #9 OT of 2012 class (#51 overall), Tempe, AZ
Peat was a part of a historic offensive line class that included Murphy, 5-star guard Joshua Garnett, as well as Brandon Fanaika, Nick Davidson, Johnny Caspers, and Graham Shuler. The eventual first-round pick of the Saints was one of the more seasoned offensive lineman in the country before he declared for the draft after his junior season. In Peat’s last season with the Cardinal, he had the third-highest production grade from tackles in that draft according to PFF despite facing off against some of the nation's top pass rushers.
In short, Stanford fans should be very excited for the addition of Walker Little. If the Cardinal can compound this pledge into a commitment from Foster Sarell, these offensive line commitments could rival, and perhaps surpass, the group that went to The Farm in 2012.