As Latarius Brady waited for offer No. 1 to come, his mother gave the Memphis (Tenn.) offensive lineman a simple piece of advice.
"She told me to put it in God's hands and he'd take care of the rest," Brady said.
On Thursday, Brady's prayers were at long last answered, when Arkansas State became the first to offer the 6-foot-3 255-pounder, he said.
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"I was very surprised," Brady said. "Somebody really took the opportunity to see how I am on the field and off. [Arkansas State] came to watch film Tuesday, then the coach saw me practice. I guess he went back and watched the film with the staff. The offensive line coach said he'd like to have me."
Arkansas State is recruiting Brady as a guard. At this point in time, his knowledge of the program is limited.
"I know they're in the Sun Belt [Conference), but I've never been there," Brady said. "When I was talking to them, they said I could really help them out."
For Brady, the offer came less than a week after he was named OL/DL MVP at the BadgerSport camp at Samford University in Alabama.
"I kind of figured it was coming after the camp," Brady said. "But I had to have the patience to wait. I saw all these overrated people getting offers and I was thinking, 'I'm way better than them.' "
Brady also is hearing from other schools, notably Clemson, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt, he said.
"All of them are saying they'd like for me to come to their camp," Brady said. "I'll probably have to get my offers by doing that."