Former Notre Dame recruit and one time verbal commitment, Greg Little was named the starting running back for North Carolina earlier this week by head coach Butch Davis.
“For right now (he’ll play running back), at least probably for the ’08 season and I would assume past that,” Davis said. ” … We kind of went through the running back by committee deal, I think to the detriment of our football team.”
One move reflects that commitment to Little. Johnny White, who was the team’s rushing leader last season and was the fastest player in pre-spring testing (a 4.32-second 40-yard dash), moved to cornerback.
As well all remember, Little was committed to Notre Dame up until Signing Day last year when he ditched the Irish for the Tar Heels after repeatedly saying he was committed to Notre Dame during the days and weeks leading up of Signing Day ’07.
It had been widely speculated that part of the reason for the potential switch was a concern over a possible position change at Notre Dame. Many people felt he would make a better linebacker than receiver in the recruiting community. Ironically, had he stayed committed to Notre Dame, Little would have very likely seen plenty of playing time in 2007 at receiver and would be challenging for a starting role at the position this spring.
Notre Dame will travel to Chapel Hill on October 11 to take on the Tar Heels.