Friday, June 20, 2014
Aggies land top-flight 2016 OT Little
By Sam Khan Jr.
As if four commitments in a week and two in one day wasn't enough, Texas A&M made yet another recruiting splash on Friday. And it might turn out to be its biggest in recent weeks, both figuratively and literally.
The Aggies landed the commitment of one of the premier prospects in the 2016 class, Allen (Texas) High School offensive tackle Greg Little.
"I'm just ready," Little said. "I feel comfortable with A&M."
A 6-foot-6, 280-pound prospect, Little is one of the most coveted prospects in his class, holding offers from each of the power-five conference schools in Texas (Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and TCU), half of the SEC (Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Tennessee and A&M) and other notable out-of-state programs such as Michigan, Notre Dame and USC.
Little is the second prospect in the 2016 class to commit to the Aggies, joining Silsbee (Texas) High School offensive tackle Patrick Hudson.
Proximity to his home in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex was a big factor for Little, as was everything else the Aggies had to offer.
"It's close to home, SEC, great coaching staff," Little said. "Coach [Kevin] Sumlin is a great guy and I feel comfortable being there."
Pairing Little with the 6-5, 330-pound Hudson gives the Aggies an impressive start to their offensive line recruiting in the 2016 class and is evidence of the Aggies' continued success on the recruiting trail. Little is the ninth prospect to commit to Texas A&M in the last month, dating to 2015 linebacker Riley Garner's pledge on May 21.
And Little will have familiar company in Aggieland: his high school teammate five-star 2015 quarterback Kyler Murray committed to the Aggies on May 28.
"It did [factor in] a little bit -- he's my teammate and everything -- but at the end of the day, it was my decision," Little said.
Little, who was recruited by Aggies receivers coach David Beaty and offensive line coach B.J. Anderson, said the other primary contender for his services was LSU. One factor in his decision was the fact the Aggies have sent an offensive linemen into the first round of the NFL draft in each of the last two years and are likely to do it a third year in a row when senior offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi, an Allen High School graduate himself, enters the draft next May.
"That's a big thing," Little said. "They have a lot of guys going to the league, especially my own Allen Eagle, Cedric Ogbuehi."
Little, who is coming off a state championship with the Eagles, hopes the winning ways continue when he gets to Aggieland.
"That's the big thing -- winning," Little said. "I win a lot in high school, so winning in college will be a big thing for me."