Five-star offensive tackle Walker Little has narrowed down his recruitment and will announce his commitment on Friday. The Campus Insiders staff gave its predictions on where the nation’s No. 2 tackle and No. 16 overall player will end up.
When Tom Herman took over the head coaching duties for the Longhorns, he knew there was an uphill battle to fight. Texas had only seven total commits and was outside the top 30 in the 2017 recruiting class rankings.
But on Friday, there could be big news for Herman’s Longhorns. Five-star offensive tackle Walker Little is set to announce his college commitment, and it appears to be a two-team race between Texas and Stanford.
David Shaw’s Cardinal have made a big push for the nation’s No. 2 offensive tackle and No. 16 overall player. Stanford will even host Little for an official visit on Jan. 13. Now, Florida State got an official visit on Oct. 28 while Georgia got one on Nov. 11. But Herman went to Little’s home for a visit on Dec. 7, so the Longhorns and the direction they’re going in are fresh in the 5-star recruit’s mind.
The Campus Insiders staff got together and gave their predictions for where Little will play college football for the next three to four years.
If you asked me a few months ago, I would have said Texas was the pick. If you asked me right after Charlie Strong was fired, I would have said it’s definitely going to be Stanford. However, Tom Herman changes things. Herman made a huge impression on Little’s family when the new Texas coach made an in-home visit. I think there is a buzz in Austin right now, and I think the idea of playing for a national title at a storied program like Texas — which is close to home — will make Little a Longhorn. That said, David Shaw’s staff won’t go down without a fight.
Everything seems to be coming up rosy for new Texas head coach Tom Herman these days, and the visit with Little and his family was no different. The only issue is that an official visit to Texas has not yet been set up. Ultimately, I think the meeting with Herman went well enough so that a visit to the school isn’t necessary. I think it’s #HookEm for the Texas native, although he has already been admitted to Stanford. Still, I think Herman sold Little and his family on playing for the ‘Horns while still getting a good education.
The Tom Herman reign in Austin begins … as he loses out on a major recruit. For all the talk of Herman being “the savior” for the Longhorns, there are still questions looming about him. While he has football to offer, the Cardinal and David Shaw has a lot more than that: football, one of the best educations in the country, and one of the greatest locations in the nation. He chooses Stanford.
While definitely a possibility, I don’t think we see Little leave his home state of Texas. Tom Herman knows how to recruit, and the Longhorns are going to expect him to do just that and in a big way. There’s no doubt Herman would like to make a big splash and land a top recruit early on in his tenure in Austin, so I don’t think he lets Little get away.
This is what Tom Herman is paid so handsomely for, right? I mean it’s to win games, but also to lock down the borders and reestablish UT as the state’s preeminent program. Little is from right outside of Houston, which should conceivably give Herman the inside track – short time on the Texas job notwithstanding. Little going to Stanford – it’s basically 50-50 between the Cardinal and Longhorns – wouldn’t take the shine off Herman, but it would sting.
The Longhorns have the academics, they have the pieces in place to compete for a conference title, and they have the selling power to present a “ground-floor opportunity with a new staff to build something great.” Herman closes the deal.