Little makes HU official

Published 9:46 pm Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Lakeland High School standout Deondre Little on Tuesday signed his National Letter of Intent to compete at Hampton University.

The senior will play football and run track at Hampton. During his recruiting process, he had a lot of schools to choose from. One of the main reasons he decided to sign with Hampton was its engineering program. The campus felt like home to him, and he will also be close to home.

“They’re at the top of their game with track and football, and the campus just felt like I needed to be there,” he said.

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It was tough for Little to talk between coaches about being able to run track and play ball. When he visited Hampton, both coaches were cooperative with him and his passion to pursue both sports in college. On the football side, his speed could provide a nice piece for the HU offense. He wants to come in and start his first season, and for track he plans to rank top in the conference. Academically, he plans to communicate with his professors to keep everything under control.

Last weekend, Little took first in both the 100- and 200-meter dash in the Class 3 Region A outdoor regional meet. On the field last fall, Little was an All-District and All-Region wide receiver for the Cavs.

His Lakeland football teammate, DeAndre Faulk, will also be attending Hampton and both will have a chance to adjust and learn together. Little’s track teammate Alton Worley will be his roommate at Hampton.

“It is a relief to not be the only Lakeland player attending there,” Little said. “I also have a few classmates there as well.”