Any mention of wide receivers hits a responsive cord for Tennessee followers because of the troubles the Vols had there in 2005, and a veteran group that will graduate in 2007.
Greg Little is the type of player that can solve a lot of problems at wide receiver. At 6-foot-3, 205 pounds he has outstanding size to complement his 4.50 speed and 37-inch vertical leap. He also has sure hands, superb timing and very good strength. Even though he is still a high school junior he has the look and cut of a protofypical NFL pass catcher.
He played mostly at tailback in 2005 and demonstrated he knew what to do with the ball in his hands, carrying 160 times for 1,166 yards and 26 touchdowns. That's 7.25 yards per carry for a young squad with a 4-6 record. He also saw service at wideout and caught 23 passes for 375 yards and four touchdowns. In parttime duty on defense he intercepted four passes.
He was a true standout among some 400 of the top prospects nationally that took part in the Scout.com Junior Combine in San Antonio last month.
Naturally, he has attracted a lot of offers already including two on National Signing Day from Virginia and South Carolina. He has since fielded offers from Duke, Florida, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Tennessee among others.
"I'm pretty much open to everyone right now," Little told Scout.com's Don Callahan. "Virginia, I'm kind of opening up to them even more, but I don't know much about South Carolina. [In addition to UVa], my top five is Notre Dame, Tennessee, Florida, and Michigan."
Both Little and Bullock are expected to attend Junior Day festivities at Tennessee, and may be on hand for UT's spring game. They have discussed signing with the same school and plan to take some visits together, although that list is far from finalized.
We'll keep close tabs on these talents in the coming months, as Tennessee attempts to get back on track in Carolina.