When recruiting picks up, sometimes it takes off at a fast and furious pace. Such is the case with Dallas (Texas) Jesuit quarterback Bo Schneider.
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Schneider completed 208 of 340 passes for 3,185 yards and 31 touchdowns to only 9 interceptions in his first season as the Rangers starting quarterback. His efforts earned him 9-5A Offensive MVP and first-team all-district honors, but it has taken a little time for the recruiting process to pick up.
Then it happened. First was a trip to Tulsa in late March, and after meeting with head coach Bill Blankenship, offensive line coach Denver Johnson, and defensive end coach Adam Blankenship, he learned the Golden Hurricane were ready to extend him his first scholarship offer.
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The trip to Tulsa left a strong impression.
"First of all the campus and pretty much every building was renovated and it was a very clean campus and very nice," Schneider said. "The facilities and coaches' offices and locker room and all that kind of stuff was really nice as well. Then all three of the coaches - coach Johnson and both coach Blankenships - they all were really, really nice and I really enjoyed talking to them. They were easy to talk to. They were really good people and obviously good coaches."
Next up was a midweek offer from Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles had been in communication a few times prior to extending the offer and he hopes to make a trip to check out the Southern Miss program this summer.
"The coaches were really nice guys and easy to talk to and we got to know each other over the phone," Schneider said.
Then he closed the busy week with a trip to Houston.
"The visit with Houston was really great," Schneider said. "We got there last Friday and we walked around and I was talking to the quarterback coach most of the time. I sat in on a QB meeting and me and my dad watched a practice and we were impressed.
"Saturday morning I met with coach Levine in his office and we talked for about an hour. First of all, coach Levine is a really great guy. He is easy to talk to and just a really great guy. We got to talking and he said in a couple of weeks they were going to come to Jesuit and probably offer then. We got done meeting, they had a scrimmage that morning, we watched the scrimmage and headed home."
It turned out the Cougar staff decided they did not like the sight of Schneider leaving the campus, so they made sure to let him know they wanted him to return.
"We were on the drive home and about an hour into it I got a twitter message from coach Levine asking me to call him," Schneider continued. "So I called him and he ended up deciding to offer me right there. He offered over the phone while I was on the way back from the visit."
The action continues with a few more trips on the schedule for the next couple of weeks.
"This upcoming Thursday we are going to Vanderbilt. It's just a one-day visit," Schneider said. "Then the week after that I leave on a Thursday and I visit N.C. State, Wake Forest, Duke, and then go to Georgia on that Saturday for their junior day and spring game. It'll be pretty busy."
In addition to his offers and visits he is also receiving considerable attention from North Texas and UTSA.
Schneider admits he grew up a fan of Texas A&M, with his dad and grandfather both spending their college days in College Station. However, at this point, when it comes to college recruiting and deciding his college future, Schneider is keeping an open mind to everyone.
"I'm not really sure yet," Schneider said. "I'm soaking it all in and trying to find a school that fits me best whether it be the three schools who have already offered me or it be another school. I'm just not sure yet honestly. It just really depends on my relationship with the coaches and how I fit in the football program and the school in general and if I enjoy the school and location. So there's a lot of factors that go into it, but I'm just trying to keep my options open."
While he is keeping an open mind, Schneider does have an idea about when he would like to make a decision.
"I would like to commit somewhere before my senior year of football starts just to get it off my plate so I don't have to worry about it so much," Schneider said. "We'll just see what happens. It just really depends."