Ryan Nowicki had not heard much at all from Washington State until he recently sent a highlight tape to its coaching staff and now the Glendale (Ariz.) Cactus offensive tackle is on the board with his first offer.
"I sent them my highlight tape and they sent me an e-mail and I called them and they gave me a verbal offer," Nowicki said. "It was unexpected, definitely. I just got one e-mail from them and that's it. I just started researching but everything is new."
Washington State has offered Nowicki, a 6-foot-5, 272-pound prospect who said he's also mainly hearing from Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and Washington. Boise State and Nebraska have also been mentioned in interviews. Assistant coach Rich Rasmussen is recruiting Nowicki for Washington State.
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He hopes his first offer - plus sending his highlight film to more schools - will land him some more looks before his senior season gets underway.
"It's really big because there are a lot of good programs (in the Pac-10) now," Nowicki said. "I'm just really excited about it.
"My dad played for Purdue and he knows something about recruiting. We're sending them out to a lot of schools. I'm just sending them out to everybody and we're hearing back from some people."
Nowicki, who attended the Rivals.com Five-Star Academy at Arizona State, said Purdue is not an option but the two in-state powerhouses seem like possibilities.
He has already attended a junior day at Arizona and will watch the Sun Devils' practice on Thursday. Nowicki is certainly looking forward to it.
"It's really cool because I'll get to see what that program is all about and talk with the coaches and talk to some of the players hopefully," Nowicki said.
Making some visits during the spring period is crucial because Nowicki is not sure how many camps he'll be able to attend this summer. One reason is because he's taking summer classes to lighten his load during his senior year.