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Little is impressed by trip to South Bend

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Last weekend was a big one for the Irish and one of the largest recruits on campus for Notre Dame was Jeffersonville (Ga.) Twiggs County offensive tackle Chris Little. The 6-foot-5, 342-pounder enjoyed his trip to South Bend to witness the team's big victory over Penn State.
"It was a really good visit," he said. "I got there on Saturday afternoon after taking a plane up to Chicago. Then I had a limo drive me to South Bend. On Saturday, I went to the game and then afterwards had dinner with the players and coaches. I spent a lot of time with my host that night, Morrice Richardson and he just told me how he liked it there.
"Then on Sunday, I took an academic tour and got a chance to see the campus in general. I also had an academic support meeting, met some professors and talked with coach Latina. He told me the depth chart and about the good possibility I have of playing early since they'll probably be losing five linemen. That was important to hear because that's an important thing for me in picking a school. I want to play early. After that meeting, I checked out the weight room and athletic facilities and then had a meeting with coach Weis. He talked to me mostly about his family and mine."
The visit marked the first time the four-star prospect had made the trip to South Bend.
"The game was my first up there and the fans were crazy," he said. "There was something about the Notre Dame fans because they never sit down the entire game and the students do pushups in the crowd.
"Overall the game really impressed me because I got to see the speed of the players and the fact they never give up. I thought the offensive line played well and looked pretty good. I also like the fact they were starting a freshman out there that was nice to see."
At the moment, Little maintains that the Irish are one of the top three teams for his services.
"Before the visit they were already up there and now they are still in my top three," he said. "I'm also looking hard at Florida and Florida State. I'd say it's even between them all. I like the Florida schools because I grew up a fan of them and they are tough places to play with great atmospheres."
The No. 21 offensive tackle in the country planned to take an official visit to Florida State this weekend, but has since moved it back.
"I was going to go there, but the coaches talked to me and they want me to make it an unofficial this weekend," he said. "Then they want me to do an official in December for an entire weekend when I can. Florida is looking at me to do the same thing."
Aside from those visits, Little plans to take two others yet to be determined.
"I am planning to take all five of my officials, but I'm not sure who the other two will be," he said. "Then I think I'll probably make my decision in January at the Army All-American game."
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