Su'a Cravens talked to Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Brent Venables to build a relationship and hopefully get more noticed by the Sooners.
It paid off this week when Oklahoma became the latest offer for Cravens, a 6-foot-2, 191-pound outside linebacker/safety in the 2013 class from Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta.
"I had been calling them for a month or two and my coaches were calling them for me seeing if there was any interest and I just decided I wanted to build a personal relationship with some of the coaches and I decided to call them," Cravens said.
"I was talking to the coaches and they were real straight up with me and things started off from there. I sent them my video and they talked to my coaches more. They got more interest in me and I finally got the offer."
Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, UCLA and Washington have also offered Cravens, who said Oklahoma moves to the top of his list after the offer.
The Southern California prospect said he loves how the Sooners' defense plays and is definitely going to consider them even though he still has two years of high school left.
"I was really excited when I got the offer," Cravens said. "I was not expecting it. They're at the top of my board right now.
"I love the coaching staff. When I called I talked to the linebackers coach and the defensive coordinator. I talked to the head coach, Bob Stoops, and they were real straight up with me. I watched Oklahoma play last year and I like how everybody flies around on their defense. I like Oklahoma, it's a great place."
With six early offers and much more interest from Florida, Alabama, USC, Notre Dame and Clemson in particular, Cravens said he plans to wait things out in his recruitment and not rush any decision. Oklahoma is looking good right now but there is still a lot of time left for Cravens to make his commitment.
"I'm just enjoying my recruiting and I just wait," Cravens said. "I talk to every school that's interested in me. Right now I don't know where my mind is made up.
"I still have two years. I want to make my decision probably in my senior year because I'm not going to be somebody who commits early and then de-commits for some strange reason. I want to know where I'm going for sure before I commit anywhere."