As he waited in recent months for offer No. 1 to arrive, Vero Beach, Fla., junior defensive end Dwayne Hoilett tried to remain patient.
"I never really worried," Hoilett said. "I knew it was early."
For Hoilett, the wait ended earlier this week.
"Southern Miss offered," Hoilett told Rivals.com Saturday at the BadgerSport linemen challenge in Tampa. "I was excited. I knew that was the start of something special. All my life I wanted to play college football."
In addition to Southern Miss, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Hoilett is also hearing from Florida, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Illinois, Purdue and Texas A&M, he said. He will visit Florida next weekend, FIU on March 26 and FAU sometime in April.
"I think FIU and maybe Illinois [will offer next]," Hoilett said.
According to Hoilett, the in-state Gators are among those most seriously interested.
"They say they're pretty high on me," he said. "They want to see me [practice] in May."
Hoilett has no leaders at the moment.
"It's too early right now," he said. "I need to wait and see who else offers me, then make my decisions after talking with my parents."
For now, he is focused on getting better and changing his body a little.
"I'd kind of like to put on 20 pounds," Hoilett said. "I also need to work on my motor throughout the game."