By John Davis, Sports Editor
Ole Miss continued to build momentum on the recruiting front for 2016 Wednesday afternoon with the verbal pledge of the nation’s top high school offensive tackle.
Greg Little of Allen, Texas picked the Rebels over a bevy of offers, including Alabama. Little was previously scheduled to announce his college choice back in November, but that announcement was postponed. Ole Miss has been the leader in the process. Little is the second player from Allen to have given a verbal pledge for the Rebels. Safety Jaylon Jones picked Ole Miss this past spring.
Little’s pledge not only pushed the Rebels up the recruiting rankings, it also secured the expected loss of Laremy Tunsil at left tackle following the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Little, who has started the last three seasons, has played both tackle spots. His coach, Tom Westerberg, said Little started his career at right tackle before moving there after the fourth game of the season when he was a junior.
“He has all the tools. The knowledge, the talent, the work ethic, everything they’re looking at to produce at a very high level,” Westerberg said of Little. “I think Greg has led more than his work than anything else. He is not the biggest vocal guy on the team. He is a kid that the guys know that is going to go out everyday and do his job and work at his craft of being the best offensive tackle. He is going to work when we’re not in football season and all the camps and all the extra work he’s put in to be the best is more of his leadership style.”
Allen, which has won multiple state championships in Texas, is not one to fudge on height and weight. Westerberg has Little listed at 6-foot-6 and weighing 282 pounds. Since his sophomore season, Little has played in 47 games. His senior season just came to an end this past Friday night in a 23-17 loss to Westlake (Austin) in the Class 6A state football playoffs.