A player rapidly emerging as one of South Carolina’s top prospects for 2004 is T.L. Hanna’s Rafael Little.
The 5-11, 190-pound running back has been the subject of some heavy interest this spring, drawing several new scholarship offers.
“Raffy has offers from South Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia, Tennessee, Auburn and Clemson,” T.L. Hanna coach Scott Parker said. “There’s been several other smaller programs who have come in and said, ‘We’d offer him, coach, but we know we’d just be wasting our time.’ He’s going to be a big-time recruit.”
Tennessee visited Hanna on Thursday and LSU made a trip earlier this week. He’s also receiving interest from North Carolina, N.C. State, Florida State and Nebraska.
“Tennessee’s coaches really wanted to know which way I thought he was leaning,” Parker said. “I told them I really wasn’t sure because he’s such a quiet kid. He doesn’t give a whole lot of clues about that. But I think the main four are probably South Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia and Tennessee.
“He’s kind of a momma’s boy, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he wants to stay close to her. But like I told the coaches, none of those four programs are really that far away.”
Little was a Class 4A all-state selection as a junior. He rushed 164 times for 1,240 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also caught 29 passes for 580 yards and eight touchdowns. Known as a dangerous special teams player, he added six more scores on kickoff/punt returns.
He finished with 34 touchdowns and had 11 more called back on penalties.
Parker says Little is an outstanding student who will easily be a full-qualifier.