In recruiting it is often said the first offer is the toughest. Sometimes that is truer than others, but either way receiving that first offer is always special.
Covington, La., 2014 defensive tackle Garrald McDowell knows just how special it feels. Last week the 6-2, 250-pound defensive standout received his first scholarship offer from Bill Snyder and the then No. 1 Kansas State Wildcats.
"That was a good thing. When I first heard about it I was shocked. My coach told me," McDowell said. "It just came out of the blue. I guess my coach sent them some film and they liked it."
The Wildcats are not the only expressing an interest in McDowell.
"I'm hearing a little from LSU, and I went to Mississippi State this week," McDowell said. "That game was good. The campus was nice. That's a good football team."
The attention has been nice, but it has caught him a little off guard. He has never doubted his abilities, but he has kept a humble attitude. As more and more attention comes he stays humble but is beginning to get used to all of the college interest.
Growing up he watched a lot of football, but is quick to point out he does not consider himself a fan of any particular team.
When it comes to recruiting, he is just as open and excited to all the possibilities.
"I don't have a favorite," McDowell said. "I just want to go to any school and play."