Top Seniors - Rafael Little - TL Hanna

Last week we visited the campus of TL Hanna High School and met with Rafael Little and the Hanna Head Coach, Scott Parker. We have the latest thoughts from Little concerning the Jackets 2003 season and his plans for his college career.

He just looks like an athlete. That is the first thing I noticed about Rafael as he walked into the room last week at TL Hanna High School in Anderson. He could be an All State football player or All State basketball player or probably any other sport he pursued. Last season for the Jacket basketball team, he led Hanna to the Upper State Semi Finals and a 22-5 record while averaging 14 point a game.

Rafael comes into his senior season with big expectations for the team and high hopes for a trip to Columbia for a state title game. He currently stands in at 6' 2" and weighs around 190. His work in the weight room has started to pay off with a current bench press of 210 and an amazing squat of over 500. His last 40 was timed at 4.42 by the Hanna coaching staff.

The 2002 season was a breakthrough year for TL Hanna. An 11-2 record with a run into the state quarterfinals was the best year in 2 decades for the Jackets and now the challenge is to repeat that success and build on it. If that is to happen then Rafael will be at the front of the team effort. Last season Little ran for 1298 on 165 carries with 15 touchdowns. He also caught 28 passes for 532 and an additional 8 touchdowns.

Coach Parker described Little's game as intense and driven. "He is quiet off the field and sometimes a little shy around people he does not know but when he steps on the field he is much more comfortable and opens up. He is not a trash talker at all but really shows leadership on the field and seems to be at home when he plays football."

The 2003 season has the potential to be a special year on the North Anderson campus. If the Jackets can find a replacement for Lafayette Galloway at QB then the pieces could fall into place. Rafael is slated as the starting running back but could also find additional playing time at LB this season. "Wherever the coach needs me is where I will play" states Little.

As for life after college, Little is receiving letters from colleges all over the country. Auburn, Kentucky, Nebraska, North Carolina and South Carolina are his current top five with offers on the table from Kentucky and South Carolina. "I feel like I would fit into Nebraska offense but it is a long way from home" declares the All State performer. "If I had to choose today then it would be South Carolina. They have been straight with me and have written me the most. I like Coach Fitch. He is a straight up guy."

This summer Rafael will attend the Nike Camp and also attend camps at South Carolina and Kentucky. He is not sure about a college major at this time. His coach states that qualification should not be an issue if he continues to work hard in the classroom. Little might be interested in making an early commitment depending on his summer camp experiences.

We are looking forward to seeing the TL Hanna Jackets this season and wish Rafael, Coach Parker and the Yellow Jackets a successful season in 2003.

Rafael's 2002 Stats

Carries : 165
Yards : 1298
TD : 15
Avg. : 7.75 per carry

Rcpt : 28
Yards : 532
TD : 8
Avg. : 19.0 per catch

Total Offense for 2002
Touches 193
Yardage 1830
Per Touch 9.48
Touchdowns 23

Best Game
September 27th against Boling Springs
10 carries, 236 yards and 2 touchdowns
2 catches, 98 and 2 touchdowns
334 yards of total offense and 4 touchdowns

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