Saying Trenton Noller received a scholarship offer from Arizona on Thursday afternoon is a bit misleading. The offer is real. There's no disputing that. Instead, the timing of the situation is what's open to interpretation.
See, the Windsor (Colo.) High School center has carried an invitation from the Wildcats for months. It's just that nobody bothered telling him until now. The situation is of the if-a-tree-falls-in-the-forest variety.
On Thursday, Noller's father, as he does most weeks, spent a chunk of time reaching out to college coaches to ask if they'd like to see his son's most recent game film. When he got on the phone with a staff member at Arizona, his pre-packaged question wasn't met with a yes or a no. It was received with stunned surprise.
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Turns out, Noller had been listed as the recipient of an Arizona offer for months.
Wires were somehow crossed and laughs were exchanged as a result. But the confusion didn't temper the junior's excitement. The moment survived untarnished.
"I know that Arizona is a good football team and I know that they're really interested in me," Noller said on Thursday evening. "Other than that, I want to find out more about them."
He hasn't started the process of setting date, but Noller says he'd like to make a trip to Tucson for an unofficial visit sometime this season - a season that is expected to be a busy one for the rising junior.
A rare true center on the high school level, Noller is receiving wide-ranging interest. Arkansas is involved. So is Oregon. Wisconsin and Vanderbilt have entered the fray as well. The 310-pound prospect's offer list has absolutely no chance of stopping at one. But who will be next to make things official? Noller has a guess.
"I'm pretty sure Duke is going to offer," he said. "Probably some other Pac 12 schools after that."
There is no "dream school" in this instance. Noller didn't grow up enamored by a certain team or picturing himself in a specific uniform. He isn't waiting around for his favorite program to the pull the trigger. Arizona is off the blocks first, but the Wildcats' early lead is narrow.
"I haven't had a school in mind or anything," he said "I just want to find out more."
Noller, who already possesses the necessary frame and bulk to play on the college level, starts at center for Windsor, which is off to a 1-1 start this season.