Less than a day into his official visit this past weekend, Littlejohn became certain.
“I really knew going in that I wanted to go there,” Littlejohn said. “That was just confirmation.”
Littlejohn loved the campus. He found the city of Boca Raton beautiful. Even a gusty wind couldn’t sour him on the weather.
What he liked most, however, was talking football with his soon to be offensive coordinator, Charlie Weis Jr.
“That’s my dude,” Littlejohn said. “I’m just ready to get to work with him.”
Lane Kiffin made a national splash two weeks ago when he hired Weis, 24, to be the youngest offensive coordinator at the FBS level.
Littlejohn is one of the first to learn exactly what kind of offense Weis plans to run.
Though Weis isn’t a disciple of the Baylor offense former coordinator Kendal Briles ran last season, he and Kiffin intend to keep its most recognizable principle: speed.
“It’s really fast, but it’s simple,” Littlejohn said.
The offense will also have elements of Alabama’s 2016 offense, which Kiffin coordinated with the help of Weis, then an offensive analyst.
Ideally, Littlejohn said, the offense will be balanced between runs and passes, and will take advantage of FAU’s talented running backs with more screen passes.
“He thinks I would really fit well with his offense,” Littlejohn said of Weis.
A true dual threat quarterback, Littlejohn threw for nearly 3,700 yards and a whopping 50 touchdowns as a junior at Lincolnton (N. C.) High School. His statistics dipped drastically during his senior season at Roswell (Ga.) when a new coach converted to a primarily ground based offense.
Littlejohn, 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, originally committed to Illinois, but he and the coaching staff experienced a falling out.
With less than 10 days remaining until National Signing Day, Littlejohn is shutting down the recruiting process and will not take any more official visits.
“I really like that the program is going up and it’s only going to get better from here,” he said.