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December 8, 2011 at 9:22 PM

A bit more on Cory Littleton

Washington’s latest commit for the Class of 2012 — defensive end/linebacker Cory Littleton of Mount Miguel High in Spring Valley, Caif. — is another who may seem a little off the radar.

He’s rated two stars by and his only other visit was to Nevada.

Littleton, though, also had listed offers from the likes of UCLA and Washington State, and Mount Miguel coach Tom Karlo says he has no doubt the Huskies got a good one.

“He’s certainly a guy who could come in and play right away,” said Karlo, who also coached Malcolm Jackson, a defensive lineman for Mount Miguel who committed to UW last summer. “Both him and Malcolm are special players in terms of their ability and work ethic and I think Washington got a good group of kids with those two. I think he (Littleton) is going to really be a guy who blossoms in the next two years. He’s only about 215 pounds right now, about 6-foot-3-and-a-half, but he could easily grow another inch and add another 30-40 pounds in the next two years. So now you have a guy who can be other things and grow into something.

“But certainly I believe outside linebacker is the spot they are looking for him at right now.”

And Karlo, who led his team to an 8-2 record this season, said there’s lots of proof of Littleton’s ability to rush the passer.

Karlo said Littleton has been voted the Grossmont Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year each of the past two years and finished his career with a school record 26 sacks. He said he also had 72 tackles and 16 sacks this season.

“He could be a lot of different things,” Karlo said. “He could be a defensive end, a rush end, a rush linebacker in a 3-4, a weakside linebacker in a 4-3. He’s really versatile.”

The UW assistant handling the recruitment of both players was receiver coach Jimmie Dougherty, who has the San Diego as one of his geographical areas. Karlo said the relationship each player had with Dougherty was a key.

In Littleton’s case, so was UW’s stability.

Karlo noted that many of the schools recruiting Littleton have had coaches fired lately — UCLA, WSU, Arizona, Arizona State, Fresno State — and Littleton felt most comfortable with UW coaches. Karlo said he committed during an in-home visit with UW coach Steve Sarkisian Wednesday night.

Karlo said he wouldn’t be surprised to see some of the other schools make another run at Littleton, especially once they have coaching staffs in place.

“I’m assuming once that stuff gets sorted out those guys will be back by here,” he said. “But I think both of those kids are really committed to Washington.”

Jackson and Littleton each play basketball, which Karlo cited as more proof of their athleticism.

“That’s a good sign because you know you are recruiting kids who know how to move around,” he said.

He also said each is a solid student, noting that each participates in Mount Miguel’s business school and each recently presented a business model at a student convention in Barkersfield.

“They are good kids who are good students and good people,” he said.

Here again is a little of Littleton:

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