Another Durham Recruit Lands Offer

About a month ago, Matt Little became the latest Durham (N.C.) native to receive a Division I-A scholarship offer when a school from the Southeastern Conference extended a tender to the 6-foot-3, 200-pound linebacker.

"I got an offer from Mississippi State," said Little. "Coach [Jason] Luck sent a highlight tape to all the SEC and ACC schools, and they thought they liked what they saw. They started sending me some mail. From the beginning they talked about offering me, but distance was a problem so they didn't want to [offer] right off the bat. I guess they gave it some time and they decided to give me an offer."

For Little, the offer is a huge weight lifted off of his shoulders and now opens the door for more tenders to come.

"It feels good," said Little. "I've been waiting for it. I know every time I talk to a coach, that's like one of the questions they ask me [‘Do you have any offers?']. I know that carries a lot of weight on a prospect – whether or not you have an offer. I think this will help my chance with other schools."

North Carolina, N.C. State, and Wake Forest are showing strong interest and are candidates to join the Bulldogs on Little's offers sheet.

With things still very much up in the air in regards to future offers, Little is keeping an open mind regarding favorites.

"I'm going to keep my options wide open," said Little. "I'm not going to make a decision this early. I still have a lot of time until I have to make a decision. I don't really have any favorites at the moment, I'm just seeing what the best deal I can get – education wise and athletically."

While location will plan a role into Little's final decision, it won't completely eliminate a school like MSU from contention.

"Even though I would like a school to be closer to home just so my mom and family can come see me play, I'm not going to totally write-off a school just because they are distant," said Little.

Over the summer, Little plans to include Auburn, Georgia, North Carolina, N.C. State, and Virginia among his camping trips. He has already unofficially visited East Carolina, Duke, and North Carolina during the spring.

During his junior season at Durham (N.C.) Jordan, Little recorded 139 tackles, four sacks, ten tackles for a loss, two interceptions, and two passes defended.


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