Northern California has been known recently in producing highly talented linebacker recruits.
In 2005 Rey Maualuga of Eureka, Calif., now a starter at USC, then the following year from Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds, Joshua Tatum, who signed with USC and in last year's class Terrance Pritchett of Sacramento, (Calif.) Grant, signed with Oregon.
If this linebacker going to stay in the Pac 10 like these previous recruits did, we will have to wait and see.
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Chris Little (6-2, 215, 4.5) from Oakland (Calif.) Castlemont is looking forward to this upcoming season and is ready to prove that he deserves more attention, from other powerhouses such as Cal and USC.
At the present time, he lists only four offers, from Oregon State, Nebraska, Arizona and Idaho. He would like more interest and possible offers from Cal, USC, Arizona State and Harvard.
Mostly all the schools that offered him, are recruiting him at outside linebacker, but he will play some wide receiver this upcoming season.
Distance will not play a big factor into his decision.
"It would be nice to stay close to home," Little said. "My parents will play a big factor in my decision."
The outside linebacker position is his primary position, but he is willing to change positions if necessary at the next level.
"I'll do whatever it takes to get onto the field," Little said. "My personal goals are to stay on track and continue doing what I need to do, to become an elite recruit.
As far as his team goals, last year's record of 8-3, Little wants improvement on that record and get to the championship game.
Things are pretty steady for Little on the recruiting front.
"I keep in contact with Coach Dennis Wagner of Nebraska and Coach Tim Kish of Arizona a lot", Little said "I don't have any favorites, but I definitely want to visit Nebraska and Arizona".
"If a school jumps out, then I might commit," Little said. "It depends on the environment and education at that school. I don't know when I'm going to announce, my decision."
There is another school that hasn't offered, but he has sincere interest in.
"I have a teammate who signed with San Diego State last year in defensive back Brandon Davis," Little said. "I wouldn't mind playing with him at San Diego State".
As a junior, Little racked up 45 tackles, six sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
Little was selected to the Rivals.com California Top 100 team for the class of 2008 landing as the Golden State's No. 58 prospect at any position.