Maryland was searching for their inside linebacker for the 2015 class, and got both of their commits in the same day. 2015 inside linebacker Gus Little made his commitment to Maryland on June 19 and said that he “knew it was right when I got there.”
“I knew that I was going to commit that day,” Little told TerrapinStationMD. “Maryland was high on my board and I didn’t want to lose the opportunity.”
Until that day, Boston College had all four Crystal Ball predictions for the 6’3″ linebacker from Massaponax High School. However, Maryland’s staff, program and education made Little confident in becoming a Terrapin. A big aspect that stood out to Little was Edsall’s dedication to helping his players with life after football, something that not a lot of coaches emphasize as much.
This summer, Gus Little has spent his time getting ready for his upcoming senior season. Little currently has a 40-time of 4.61 seconds while reaching 275 on his power clean. With another year to add muscle, Little will surely have little problem physically adjusting to the collegiate level.
For now, Little is looking to “lead by example. I’m going to do everything so that I can win.” Massaponax reached the regional finals last year before falling to North Stafford 42-21.
After high school, Little will turn his attention to his collegiate career. The staff has not told him where he or Brett Zanotto will play specifically within the linebacker positions, but Little’s big frame and familiarity with the defense will allow him to make a smooth transition once he arrives in College Park.
When watching his highlight tape, it’s hard not to get excited over what this young man can bring to this tenacious defense. His combination of speed and great ability to wrap up makes him a guy that can become relied on later on in his career. He has a great frame and build for an inside linebacker, and is very strong in pass protection. Little does a very good job of getting around his block and getting to the ball in a matter of seconds.
By the end of his career, Little has the potential to be added to the long list of great linebackers to play for Maryland. Little and Zanotto, along with Yannick Ngakoue, will help solidify the linebacker corps for the future. A potential engineering-major, Little fits the Randy Edsall profile of a Terrapin: hard-working, hungry and passionate football star with a bright future ahead. Little also adds great leadership and skill to this young, talented roster.