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Oklahoma high school football: How Southmoore's Cameron Little, an Arkansas commit, became the nation's best kicker

Southmoore's Cameron Little celebrates after making a long field goal against Deer Creek on Sept. 3. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]
Southmoore's Cameron Little celebrates after making a long field goal against Deer Creek on Sept. 3. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

MOORE — Cameron Little’s growth since he started focusing on football has been tremendous.

The senior kicker at Southmoore didn’t start focusing on football until a couple years ago. Former Southmoore coach Jeremy Stark invited Little, who focused on soccer growing up, out to a football practice. Once he started kicking a football, he got hooked.

Little began going to kicking camps and working on his technique. He continued getting better. Eventually, he left every camp as the top-ranked kicker, and college coaches saw how special Little was becoming.

As the early signing period begins Wednesday for the nation’s top football recruits, Little will sign his National Letter of Intent to the University of Arkansas. He plans to enroll early and be in Fayetteville next month vying to become the Razorbacks’ starting kicker as a true freshman.

The fact Little has a full-ride scholarship to a Power-5 program is impressive enough. More often than not, kickers only receive partial scholarships or walk-on to programs.

But Little is not most kickers. He’s the best in the country.

ESPN ranked Little as the nation’s top kicker in its recent rankings update. 247Sports also ranks him No. 1 while Rivals has him as the fourth-best kicker.

“To see your name that high up in the rankings shows you if you work for it, you can do anything you want,” Little said. “Just a kid from Oklahoma City getting ranked No. 1 is crazy.”

During his senior season, Little made six field goals with a long of 42 yards, and he made 24 of his 25 extra-point attempts. He also averaged 35.5 yards on 42 punts with a long of 63.

Yet even those stats aren’t what impressed Southmoore coach Josh Norman the most. It was Little’s ability to adapt and execute any idea coaches had when it came to the kicking game.

Whether it was kicking it deep or a high onside, anytime the coaches told Little something they wanted to try, he would execute it perfectly on the first attempt.

“It’s the only time in my coaching career, high school or college, that I’ve been able to coach a kid as talented as him,” Norman said. “He’s a tremendous weapon that a coach can use. We took advantage of it numerous times this year, and I know Arkansas and their coaches will do the same.”

It wasn’t a shock to see Little hitting 50-yard field goals in practice. He even made a 63-yard attempt at one point this season.

The nation’s best kicker in the 2021 class hails from Southmoore. Expect to see plenty more of Little during his time in Fayetteville and beyond.

“For Arkansas to offer me a full ride showed how committed they were,” Little said. “I’m excited to get out there and see what I can do.”

Cameron Jourdan

Cameron Jourdan joined The Oklahoman in March 2019 to cover high school sports. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in May 2018. He had an internship with The Oklahoman and Stillwater News Press. During his time at OSU, Cameron served in a... Read more ›