One of the state's top 2015 defensive prospects is Bishop England High defensive end Hudson Little. Having been named an All-State selection twice and won 2 state championships the 6'4 275 pound prospect plays with an intensity and aggressiveness that has many early suitors for the ACC and SEC conferences early on. We caught up with Little as he's the latest prospect to be featured in our "UP NEXT" series!
The 2015 standout talked with us first about all of the schools he's heard from thus far in the recruiting process.
"Well I've received letters from Clemson, Georgia, Florida State, Charlotte, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina State, Nebraska, Georgia Tech, Mississippi, and Florida. I've talked to Clemson, Georgia Tech, a little bit with South Carolina."
The talented junior already has lined up a couple of Junior Day visits as well he says.
"I'm heading to NC State and Tennessee soon for their Junior Days."
Still early in the recruiting process Little says a trio of ACC schools has been pursuing him the hardest so far.
"Right now it would be Clemson, Georgia Tech, and NC State just because they like talked to me right when my recruiting process started. But also now I'm getting more letters from different schools but those 3 have been recruiting the hardest I'd say so far."
Little has no offers yet but he's hoping that good showings at camps and combines this off season will change that. He's already lined up for a camp in Charlotte during March where he's hoping to make some noise.
So does Little have an early list of favorites at this point?
"You know I've been asked that question before and I still can't respond with an answer because I'm interested in every school right now. If I ever get my first offer, it's gonna be awesome because I'll know that everything that I've done to get me where I am has paid off. I'll just be very thankful because I'll be able to help my mom out so she won't have to worry about money for college so getting a scholarship will mean so much to me!"
Although he plays both defensive end and offensive tackle for Bishop England after analyzing his highlights we see a very bright future for him at defensive end. He talked about the process and
"Since I go to a small 2A school I play both sides of the ball so none of the schools will tell me which position they like me best at unfortunately, which kinda stinks cause I don't know which one to work on the most but is also great knowing they like me on both sides of the ball."
Hudson says he's willing to play wherever college coaches like him at but admitted that he does have a slight preference for making plays at defensive end.
"I like defensive end just a little bit better than playing o-line, like when I go to camps for offense I have a hard to adjusting to pass protection because I like to fire straight out and be the aggressor and attack so playing offense it's hard to do that."
Awards have been piling up in Little's collection for quite a few years too.
"Freshman year I won all rookie football team, sophomore year I made All-State and then junior year I made All-State and All-Region and then I think I made the 2nd team all low country football team too."
Success is something Little has enjoyed and has been a part of at Bishop England having repeated as AA state champions during his freshman and sophomore seasons.
The 2015 prospect talked about the strengths of his game and what measures he has adapted to try and improve.
"Well of course I need to work on my craft like me speed and my moves, but my biggest strengths would be my aggressiveness, my footwork, being able to see and find the ball, and my swim move. I love the swim move. But I know I need to work on everything still, I've been doing crossfit for about a year and a half and we have been starting to work on my craft to get that forty time down even more."
Little's film shows a real knack for disengaging blockers and truly disrupting an offense. He fires off the ball well and can give an offense fits with his strength, length, and sheer will. He also plays with a mean streak which suits a dominant defensive end. Should he show well at camps this off season don't be surprised to see his stock blow up even more.
SCPrepNation.com will have more updates with Hudson Little as he continues to work hard on preparing for camps and combines to show off his talents.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...HUDSON LITTLE
Maxes are from prior to his junior season
Bench press: 245 pounds
Squat: 390 pounds
Power clean: 275 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.9 seconds