Monday was the first day that college coaches could make telephone calls to prospects, but it was something in the mail that caught Norman, Okla., cornerback Ryan Broyles by surprise.
It was an envelope with orange letterhead and a big a big T on it that immediately caught his attention. When he opened it he found out that he had just picked up a major offer from one of the nation's top programs.
"I come home every day and check the mail for something exciting," Broyles, a 5-foot-11, 160-pound cornerback, said. "I opened up the letter and said I had an official offer from Tennessee. I'm pretty excited about them. I like their defense a lot.
"I've been getting letters from them for a while now, and I like what I see. I know they also like to play young guys in their defensive backfield."
Broyles did receive a good round of calls on the first day he could get them from college coaches. He talked to Gunter Brewer at Oklahoma State, Bill Young at Kansas and coach from Vanderbilt. He already had offers from Kansas, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech.
"I would take Nebraska off my list and put Tennessee in their place," Broyles said.
That move would give him a top eight of Kansas, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tennessee and Texas Tech. Has he heard anything lately from the Sooners, a team that is in his own backyard?
"I don't think they've been by the school yet," Broyles said. "I don't know what they're going to do. I'd be happy if they offered me a scholarship, but I'm going to weigh my options both near and far."