5-Star OT Walker Little Verbally Commits to Stanford

The No. 1 OT in the Lone Star State Walker Little has verbally committed to Stanford.

It came down to two schools for five-star offensive tackle Walker Little's college decision. The Texas Longhorns battled Stanford Cardinal to secure the commitment of the talented prospect.

In the end, Stanford was victorious.

"It was definitely right down to it. I didn't know until probably a week ago," the nation's No. 2 overall tackle said of the head-to-head showdown.

Walker Little (© Greg Powers)
 "It took a lot (to make a decision), especially with the in-home visits and really getting to know Coach (Tom)Herman and the coaching staff. I've known Coach Shaw and them for a while, so I knew what I had there.

"Once Coach Herman showed me what they had and laid it out, it made it really tough to say no.

"But I knew what I had at Stanford and I knew I couldn't pass it up for anything."

There was no particular reason behind the 6-foot-8, 305-pound tackle's decision to make his commitment public. Little knew what both programs had to offer and felt confident that Stanford was the place for him.

Though he made his commitment public Friday morning, Little informed Stanford head coach David Shaw of his decision Thursday evening. To no surprise, Shaw was ecstatic to hear the good news.

"I got on the phone with (Coach Shaw) last night and let him know," he said.

"He's really excited, along as as the rest of the coaching staff. We're excited for this recruiting class coming in and we think we're going to be able to have a really, really good team."

It is not uncommon for D-I bound prospects to verbally pledge to a school, but still be open to hearing what other programs have to offer following their commitment. That will not be the case for Walker Little.

While he will always cherish the opportunities he has earned and the people he met along the way, Little is glad his recruiting process is finished.

"I'm really excited for what the future holds," he said. "Definitely now in the moment, it's a little bit of a relief just having this off my shoulders, being able to settle in and be a recruit that's committed, and knowing where I am going to be spending the next four years."

Little is the second five-star verbal pledge for the Cardinal's 2017 recruiting class, which ranks No. 35 in Scout.com Team Rankings.

His commitment puts Stanford as one of only four programs with more than one five-star verbal commit in 2017.

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