Little makes donation to Hillside’s program
Cleveland Browns wide receiver and former Hillside High School and North Carolina star Greg Little will present a $5,000 donation to the football program at Hillside at halftime of Saturday night’s scheduled 6:30 p.m. boys’ basketball game against Southern.
The Hillside and Southern girls will meet at 5 p.m. in the opener of the doubleheader, which originally was scheduled to be played tonight but was postponed because of the winter storm threat.
Little’s former offensive coordinator — current Hillside head coach Antonio King, himself a former Hornets star — and former Hornets girls’ basketball star Nisha Watson will also be honored at the game. King and Watson have been named to Hillside’s second class of the athletic department’s Wall of Fame.
Little’s donation is expected to be matched by the National Football League’s matching-grant program, which should provide an additional $5,000 that will be used to update football uniforms, gear, equipment and facilities.
Little graduated from Hillside in 2007, and the Cleveland Browns made him the 59th pick of the 2011 NFL draft.
Signing day update
Hillside safety Korrin Wiggins will announce his college choice from among his final three — Ohio State, North Carolina and Clemson — at Hillside on Feb. 6, national signing day.
Wiggins, who verbally committed to UNC along with classmate and Hillside running back Khris Francis on signing day 2012, reopened his recruitment recently but has kept UNC on his radar.
Francis, who already has enrolled at UNC, will be on hand for the big day when teammates Dwight Campbell, Shyheim Stephens, Cinco Simmons, Austin Weeks, Javien Knight and Que Cherry also will announce their college choices.
Campbell and Stephens are linebackers, Simmons a quarterback, Weeks and Cherry wide receivers and Knight a tight end.
McNeil enter junior college
Former Hillside tight end Josh McNeil, widely considered to be a top-10 national talent at his position by college recruiting services, ended his long and twisting recruitment recently when he enrolled at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Miss.
McNeil’s enrollment was confirmed Thursday by Copiah-Lincoln football coach Glenn Davis.
McNeil verbally committed to East Carolina in the fall of 2011, switches to Alabama in July and changed again, this time to LSU, in December.
But the NCAA reportedly questioned circumstances surrounding his graduation at Hillside after he announced he was headed to LSU.
He had repeated one high school grade before playing football and was reclassified from the junior to the senior class at the end of the spring 2012 semester. He then attended summer school, graduated and moved on to a prep school, Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y., where he played this past fall.