COLLEGE STATION, Texas – When Monday rolled around, quarterback Christian Ponder of Colleyville (Texas) Heritage high school didn't think another huge offer would be added to his stack, but there it was.
Florida State, the team his father played for almost twenty years prior, had added their offer to the 15 he had already accumulated sparking his recruitment into overdrive. With a top three in mind including Oklahoma State and Georgia Tech, the 6-foot-2, 202-pound signal caller now must narrow his list soon to concentrate on his senior season and an early graduation.
"It blew me away because my dad played there and I've been going down there since I was five years old," Ponder said. "My dad probably leans towards Florida State and most of my family went there so it's been crazy around here with all the phone calls. Within the next month I'll get that down to one team and pick a school."
With ties to Florida State all over his family many people wonder if the other two teams on his list can compete for his verbal commitment.
"No one is leading right now," Ponder said. "I've been told by my dad to make my own decision and not what anyone else wants me to do. He always tells me to really make sure I fit with the coaching staff because they'll be my dad for the next few years."
The Fox Sports Net Southwest 7-on-7 state championship gave him a chance to compete on another stage. Hertiage, guided by Ponder, placed third in the tournament overall.
"Everything has been great this summer," he said. "The off-season hasn't been too bad and the scholarship offers have really been unbelievable. I just need to get my recruitment done."