#90 Josh Little
Position: Defensive End
Previous College: None
Status: On Scholarship
Joshua Romello Little (b. Jan. 18, 1997) is a 2015 signee who graduated high school a semester early, enrolled at K-State in January and took part in spring practices. He likely will compete for playing time as a true freshman.
Little started at defensive end for the White team, but recorded no statistics. Despite that fact, his early start to college means that if he tears it up this summer in workouts, he could be well on his way to avoiding a redshirt year.
He chose the Wildcats over 11 other offers, including those from Purdue and Washington State, as well as heavy interest from Arkansas, Oklahoma State, TCU and USC. You can watch his high school highlights here.
Like Elijah Lee and Reggie Walker, Little appears destined for a hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end role, perhaps presaging that K-State is shifting to more of a 3-4 or 5-2 type of look with its defensive front at times.
Little played one season at Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Fla., under head coach Verlon Dorminey after moving from Millwood High School in Oklahoma City.
He recorded 76 tackles, including five sacks, as a junior in 2013, then helped the Conquerors to earn a 12-2 record and a Florida Class 3A State championship, tallying just 19 tackles in nine games to go along with 1.5 sacks.
Little's grandfather, the late John D. Little, played at Oklahoma State before spending eight seasons in the NFL with the New York Jets, Houston Oilers and Buffalo Bills.
Here's what GoPowercat.com's three recruiting analysts had to say about Little and his diminished numbers following his move to Florida for his senior season:
TIM FITZGERALD: Joshua Little arrived early for spring drills, which gives him added time to improve and build the needed mass to play defensive end in the Big 12.
BRIAN GATES: Joshua Little was ranked high for his performance in Oklahoma, which was good, but a move to Florida upped his level of competition and his numbers weren't as good in 2014.
He was one of the earlier commitments and had a chance to become hyped up a little more due to the time he was part of the 2015 class.
RYAN WALLACE: This is a tough category because it's almost humorous to deem any K-State commit "over-hyped." That said, I think Joshua Little's stint in Florida as a senior proved he's not quite at the level to compete for meaningful playing time just yet.