Cameron Countryman first talked with the Arizona State coaching staff at the tail end of his sophomore season, didn't think much of it and moved on. But the Sun Devils apparently kept tabs on him because they were the first to offer the Beverly Hills, Calif., wide receiver.
The offer came Wednesday after talking with wide receivers coach Steve Broussard.
"I met with Arizona State last year at the end of football season my sophomore year and it was a, 'Hi, how you doing, look for me in the future' deal," Countryman said. "I didn't know anything would turn into this.
"Coach (Broussard) came back about a month ago and he asked for my highlight tape and my coach gave it to him.
"I guess he's been in contact with my coach and asking how I'm doing. (Wednesday) my coach told me he called and wanted to speak with me. I gave him a call and we started talking for a little bit and he offered me."
It is the first major offer for Countryman, a 6-foot, 170-pound wide receiver who played quarterback as a sophomore and might move back to that position as a senior because of the Beverly Hills spread offense. Arizona State is recruiting him as a receiver.
Because of track, Countryman won't be able to attend the Sun Devils' junior day this Saturday but he's trying to schedule a trip to Tempe in June. That will give him a chance to get a better feel for what Arizona State offers.
"They have a camp coming up in June that (Broussard) was telling me about so I'm interested in that," Countryman said.
"He said to come out and I can see the campus and he'll give me the tour so that was interesting so I'll see what's going on to see if I can make it."
Oregon, Arizona, Cal and Harvard are also showing interest in Countryman, who said he doesn't plan to do any football-related activities until after track season. That's when he'll sit down and plot out his summer camp schedule. A trip to Arizona State is almost a certainty.