Ole Miss signed several difference-makers in the Class of 2016, but no player may be more important than five-star offensive lineman Greg Little.
The Allen (Texas) High School product reports to Ole Miss on May 31, and the race will be on to get as SEC-ready as possible before the Rebels take on Florida State in their season opener on Sept. 5.
Little will look to fill the void left by Laremy Tunsil, who is projected to be the first overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft.
It remains to be seen whether or not Little can step in and play at a high level immediately for Ole Miss, but the Rebels certainly need him to live up to the hype as quickly as possible.
Ole Miss was among a host of big programs pursuing Little’s signature, and he recently shared some insights into his recruiting experience with SEC Country:
Q: Which school came in second?
Q: I know a lot of people assumed it was Alabama, and Oklahoma also made a late push, but what was it about LSU that put them second?
A: Coach (Jeff) Grimes, the O-line coach, I really like him, and my mom really likes him too. It was hard to tell him I was going somewhere else because he was always so nice and so friendly.
Q: What could LSU have done to possibly sway you that way, or at least make it a tougher decision?
A: Nothing really. It was the whole environment and culture. I just felt comfortable at Ole Miss.
Q: What was the most creative thing a school or coach did to get your attention?
A: Ole Miss had the whole staff come to one of my games before. That was pretty cool.
Q: What was the biggest rumor about you that wasn’t true?
A: (Late in the process,) I was going to Michigan.
Q: What was your biggest regret during the recruiting process?
A: Committing my sophomore year to (Texas) A&M.
Q: What was the funniest story that happened on one of your recruiting trips?
A: There was a funny story with some of the IMG (Academy) guys on my LSU trip. The game was about to start and there was a lot of traffic, and we were almost late to the game. That was pretty funny. We had to like sprint in there and everything.
Q: Which college would you have considered more seriously if they had offered you earlier in the process?
A: Probably ‘Bama. They were one of my later offers.
Q: How much negative recruiting was out there?
A: There was quite a bit of negative recruiting.
Q: What did you hear?
A: The schools that I’m thinking about haven’t won any championships, or we beat that team a few years ago. Things like that.
Q: I’m not sure if this is true or not, but I’ve heard that being able to wear No. 74 was a really big deal in your recruitment. Is that true?
A: Not really. I didn’t care what number I was. Ole Miss just so happens that they have No. 74 open this year. It wasn’t that important.
Q: If you were in charge of the NCAA, what’s the one rule you would change with recruiting?
A: Taking official visits earlier.