His recruitment got off to a slow start but then the offers came in fast and furious. He was sitting on nearly ten offers, and about to commit to Purdue. Right before he was set to make that decision, Iowa State offered, and he decided to be patient and take more time with his process.
Little was expected to visit Iowa State and camp last month but it never came to fruition. He did camp in Manhattan, earning an offer from Kansas State. The Wildcats impressed him, and he's been high on them ever since.
He now makes it official and will attend Kansas State after he graduates and will look to produce for Bill Snyder and his coaching staff.
"The Kansas State coaches told me they wouldn't ever stop trying to get me to play football in Manhattan."
Little plays all over the defensive line for Millwood but he will be strictly a defensive end for Kansas State. He's 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds so he should play at about 260-270 pounds for the Wildcats.
When looking at the strengths of his game the first thing I point to is the energy that he brings to the table. He's a great athlete but he plays with an infectious attitude and work ethic. His motor is top notch and pushes him towards maximizing his potential.
I mentioned it previously, but his athleticism for an athlete his size is a plus. He's not someone that would be labeled as stiff. He has tremendous athleticism and flexibility, and is only learning how to play his position. I wouldn't consider him fast, but he's quick for someone of his size and he'll want to maintain that as he continues to add bulk.
Because he's still raw and learning how to play the position mechanically, his rating reflects that. However, he's someone that has a high potential due to his size and athleticism. One of the areas he will want to divert attention to is his pad level. He tends to play a little high at times, which affects the leverage he can create. It's vital to win the leverage battle against opposing offensive lineman so he doesn't get overpowered, as he'll weigh less than the player across the line of scrimmage from him.
Kansas State is getting a defensive end with a lot of upside. With these types of players it always comes down to whether or not the athlete pans out and maximizes his potential.
He can be a very good player for the Wildcats but he has a long way to go. The raw physical tools are there, and he will just have to refine his skills and be willing to learn and absorb all the knowledge that will be suppressed upon him in Manhattan.
Commitment Capsule: Joshua Little
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