No doubt one of the top prospects in the nation is Rivals100 Ardmore (Okla.) tight end Jermaine Gresham and with that status comes the swings of the recruiting process on many major talents such as him.
As a 6-foot-7, 230-pound athlete with speed to go with it, the offers flooded in from day one including LSU, Miami, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Iowa State. The list seems to continue to grow with USC being a new team to enter the fold, with interest and possibly an offer down the road.
"It's a lot of ups and downs," Gresham said about his process. "You get asked a lot of questions and people always want to know where you're going. You kind of get tired of it. The ups though is that your known all over the state and people really know about you."
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"I haven't had a whole lot of help with the process, but I'm working through it."
Gresham, the No. 2 rated tight end in the nation, is looking forward to his official visits. Other than maybe some trips to Norman for football games, he doesn't think that he will be tripping to any other schools before then.
Three schools look like they'll be the bearer of those trips.
"I'm definitely going to OU, Miami, and LSU," Gresham said. "I thought about it a little bit but I haven't come up with any more. USC just started sending me a lot of stuff, so I'd like to get out there for a visit if I could. I was going go up North to Michigan but they stopped sending me anything."
It looks very unlikely that this highly touted athlete will be making a decision before his official trips are done. Gresham is sure of that and his idea about leaving or staying within the state.
"There is a chance I'd leave the state because I'm wide open," Gresham said. "It's not out of the question. I'll have time to think about all that because I'm not deciding until football season is over. I don't want to distract the team, so I'll do it then."
Schools looking for the right formula should look to their team bond.
"I just want to know what kind of team chemistry these schools have," Gresham said. "I can do a lot for a team but we still need to play together as one."
With his high school team at his side, Gresham has shifted recruiting focus to senior season focus very quickly.
"We've got to do it this year," he said. "We're good as a team and have been playing together for a long time. I believe it's our time."