Most prospects that end up with offers from elite programs start their life in the spotlight by their junior season. Tight end Will Tye was a late bloomer.
The 6-foot-3, 230-pound prospect has always had the talent that college coaches covet, but his offer list has only started to grow in recent months.
So far the senior at the Salisbury School in Connecticut has caught 38 passes for about 500 yards and six touchdowns this fall. Unfortunately, it doesn't look as though his school's team will earn a spot in the state playoffs.
His coaches have made good use of his versatility and athleticism, lining him up at wide receiver, at tight end, and sometimes motioning him into the offensive backfield.
Not long ago Tye picked up an offer from Florida State. More recently, NC State threw their hat into the ring, joining Temple, Villanova and Wyoming as schools that have done the same. What is thinking about recruiting these days?
"Well, recently just this past week Kansas and Miami talked to me," he said. "Miami said they've got my game tape and they might give me an offer, depending on how it goes. I'll probably be hearing from them later on in the week. Kansas basically said the same thing."
Despite the new interest, Tye has not been in a hurry to set out on official visits. He told Rivals.com that the only trip he is set on taking is to Florida State, though he does not have that set up yet.
He said coaches and his comfort level with each school recruiting him will be the biggest factors in his recruitment, whenever he sits down to make his decision.