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April 20, 2006

Has Little narrowed his list?

Durham (N.C.) Hillside wide receiver/athlete Greg Little, one of the top overall prospects in the Tar Heel State, had considered narrowing his list of schools earlier this week, but a new scholarship offer quickly changed his thinking.

"I'm still wide open to all schools," the 6-foot-3, 212-pound Little said. "I thought teams were done offering me, but then Penn State offered me and I realized that wasn't the case. So I'm still open to pretty much everyone, especially teams on the East Coast."

Little, who rushed for 1,166 yards on 116 carries and scored 26 touchdowns on the ground as a junior, likes what Penn State has to offer.

"Penn State has a big tradition, and they've really turned things around the last couple of years. They've brought in some big-time recruits like Derrick Williams, and I really think they would have won their bowl game this past year if he had been healthy. I've also heard good things about their stadium, their fans and their student life."

Little, who also caught 23 balls for 475 yards and four touchdowns through the air as a junior, plans to take several visits in the next couple of months.

"I'm going to visit South Carolina, Clemson and Georgia next month. I'm going to visit some of the Florida schools like Miami and Florida in June. I'll also get to Virginia soon, and I'd like to visit Notre Dame and Michigan sometime over the summer, too."

Little, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds and sports an explosive 39-inch vertical leap, is looking forward to visiting Columbia to learn more about the Gamecocks.

"South Carolina has a great coach now with Steve Spurrier in there. He really has them moving in the right direction, and he has some championships under his belt, and that's a big plus for me. That really says a lot about him as a coach. He also has a reputation of sending guys to the NFL, and that has my attention, too."

Little is also anticipating his trips to Georgia and Clemson.

"Georgia caught my eye with some of the guys they've landed recently like Matthew Stafford and Trinton Sturdivant. They're another program on the right track. I'm going to the NIKE Camp at Clemson, and I've watched film on Willy Korn, a quarterback they have committed to them. When the pass isn't there, he knows how to make some things happen with his speed."

Michigan and Notre Dame are the final teams Little was asked to share his thoughts on.

"I've heard Jimmy Clausen may be close to committing to Notre Dame. I also like how they throw it deep a lot, and how they aren't scared of anyone. Coach Charlie Weis brings a lot of experience to the table. Michigan's coach (Lloyd Carr), they say he's on the hot seat, so that hurts them a little bit, but they still have a prestigious program."

Little, who bench presses 325 pounds, has three primary things he's looking for in a school.

"Early playing time, a great coaching staff and a good education are the main things. I'd say I'll probably major in computer science."

While there are no current favorites, Little does have an idea of when he'll commit to his school of choice.

"It will probably be on October 6th at my homecoming game. That's my plan as of today."

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