Quarterback Kyle Sloter of Georgia's Mt. Pisgah Christian tried to be patient while waiting for his first scholarship offer to arrive.
Admittedly, that wasn't easy.
In fact, there were times he thought it might never happen.
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"It crossed my mind a couple of times," Sloter said. "I just kept telling myself, 'Do what I've got to do, play to the best of my ability and someone will find out about me.' "
Late Monday night, offer No. 1 finally arrived. It came from Tulane, which only last week dispatched quarterbacks coach Rickey Bustle to the Atlanta area to get a first-hand look at the 6-feet-5, 200-pound Sloter.
"I had been in contact with him for about two months," Sloter said. "He decided to come watch a game. When he came to the school, he talked with my coach and watched film for about four hours. Then he came to our game. I threw for 295 yards and a touchdown."
Thus far, Sloter likes what he knows about the Green Wave.
"It's a good school, and Coach Bustle is someone I've built a relationship with and feel really comfortable with," Sloter said. "But I haven't seen the school yet."
That is something Sloter will do Oct. 15, when he makes an unofficial to Tulane.
Meanwhile, other schools also are showing interest, including Arkansas, Illinois and Iowa, according to Sloter. He visited the Razorbacks last week.
"I met with [offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Garrick McGee]," Sloter said. "He talked with me before the game, probably for a half-hour. I felt like we really hit it off. He really liked me. He said their recruiting coach for my area would be watching some games. Coach McGee said he wanted him to come out to watch a game."
In 2011, Sloter has completed 61 percent of his passes for 1,100 yards and 13 touchdowns. He has been intercepted twice.