The 2016 recruiting cycle is already starting to heat up, with early offers arriving in every corner of the country. Gregory Little, a massive offensive tackle from Texas, has been identified as the nation's No. 1 sophomore player by 247Sports, according to Brian Perroni.
The 6'5.5", 282-pound prospect stars at Allen High School, a powerhouse in the Lone Star State. The Eagles have claimed two straight state titles with 4-star 2015 quarterback Kyler Murray leading the charge.
Little stepped up as a starter last season and shined in an offensive attack that featured one of the country's top dual-threat playmakers behind center and weapons all over the field.
Junior wide receiver Jalen Guyton committed to Notre Dame in March. Murray's offer sheet features Ohio State, Oregon, Clemson and Texas A&M.
Little and fellow front-line phenom Bobby Evans helped pave the way during an unbeaten 2013 campaign. Evans, a junior offensive lineman, committed to Oklahoma last summer.
The Eagles' latest coveted college commodity thrived after a freshman position switch. Little moved from tight end to tackle during spring camp, Allen offensive coordinator Jeff Fleener told 247Sports reporter Brian Perroni.
“He took to it very quickly," Fleener said. "He definitely was able to use his leverage and wingspan to his advantage where he was probably still lacking a little bit in strength, just being a sophomore.”
Little may have been physically raw, but he overpowered opponents, nonetheless. He spent his sophomore campaign clearing out his side of the field while anchored at right tackle.
Despite his immense frame at a young age, Little displays tremendous coordination and athleticism. When you project continued improvement in physique and skill during the next two years, it's easy to understand why he belongs in any discussion about the top spot in 2016 recruit rankings.
College coaches have quickly reacted, sending a steady steam of scholarships to the sophomore.
Texas A&M, Texas, TCU, Oklahoma State, Baylor and Ole Miss extended offers during his first season as a starter. High-profile programs have continued to come calling for Little, as Michigan, Auburn and LSU are among his latest options.
Little, the son of former South Carolina linebacker Derrick Little, is sure to see his collegiate horizons expand in the coming months. The word is out on this dominant blocker and a bull's-eye is squarely on his back as one of America's most promising young football stars.
Recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports unless otherwise noted.