PALO ALTO, Calif. – It seems like every year at the Palo Alto NIKE Training Camp, a kid from the Bay Area comes out of nowhere and ends up being a pretty solid college prospect.
Last year it was Hayward, Calif., linebacker Austin Stafford and this year it looks like that honor belongs to Oakland Castlemont athlete Chris Little.
Little worked out with the receivers on Saturday and had a good camp, but with his 6-foot-2 and 217-pound frame, it's also easy to project him at safety, outside linebacker or somewhere else on the field – just like Stafford.
"I think I did pretty good," Little said. "I didn't do as good as I could have. There were a couple of things I could have done better. My routes were pretty good and my catching was pretty good, but I just have to get a little bit better in everything. I did pretty good in the one-on-ones. I had a lot of catches. There were a couple where the quarterback could have done better, but it's not the quarterback's fault all the time."
Little said he worked out with the receivers on Saturday to showcase his pass-catching skills to the college coaches. However, he said he's not totally locked in to playing the position in college.
"I'm just an athlete," he said. "I'll play anything. I kind of lean toward receiver, but I like playing linebacker and safety."
Little already has some solid offers on his resume.
"I have offers from Nebraska, Arizona and Oregon State," he said. "They're all really exciting. They're all cool, so I can't really lean toward one over the other. Nebraska was the first to offer me, but I'm not in any kind of rush. I don't even know much about all the schools yet."
Little said the best part about the recruiting process so far has been meeting the coaches.
"They come through the school and I get to shake their hand and meet them," he said. '"That's really been fun."
Other teams like Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, USC and Idaho have been sending mail to Little.