The recruitment of consensus five-star Houston Episcopal offensive tackle Walker Little, a key Texas Longhorns target, will come to a conclusion just after the start of the recruiting dead period, he announced on Thursday:
I will be committing next Friday, December 16th at Episcopal High School, 11:30 am. Hope everyone can make it out!!! pic.twitter.com/Ub2Le2cP0q— Walker Little (@walkerlittle45) December 8, 2016
The 6’8, 305-pounder will take an official visit to Ole Miss, where his siblings attend school, prior to making his decision. Little also has an official visit planned to Stanford in January, though it’s unclear if he will still take that visit if he commits elsewhere.
On Wednesday evening, the 2017 US Army All-American hosted Longhorns head coach Tom Herman and four assistants for a key in-home visit.
Loved having the Horns over tonight! @walkerlittle45 #inhomevisit pic.twitter.com/oCO5etqbi7— Sara Stanley Little (@slittleiam) December 8, 2016
Texas last got Little on campus for the season-opening win against Notre Dame and would likely receive an official visit from him in January if he picks the ‘Horns.
Since that seemingly momentous win for the Longhorns over the Fighting Irish, things have trended in favor of the Cardinal, with 17 of the last 18 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions coming in for head coach David Shaw’s program.
However, if proximity ends up playing a factor in his decision, Texas would seem like the prohibitive favorite. On the unfortunate side, there are not currently any indications that staying close to home is a large priority for Little.
Little is arguably the top target on the Texas board as the No. 18 prospect nationally, the No. 4 offensive tackle, and the No. 4 prospect in Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. 247Sports itself ranks Little as the No. 2 prospect, No. 2 offensive tackle, and No. 1 player in the state.