Three scholarship offers isn't a load by anyone's standards. The phone calls that go with them aren't overwhelming, and the situation isn't conducive to post-practice media scrums determined to uncover a decision. That's all to say Israel Iheanacho's commitment won't be broadcast on cable or streamed on the Internet.
That's just fine by him. The City College of San Francisco safety could barely get a sniff from college coaches out of high school, making the juco route the only way to continue his football career. It's funny how a year can change things, though.
Offers from Baylor, Texas Tech and Vanderbilt have arrived well before Iheanacho is set to begin his sophomore year at City College. The 5-foot-11, 212-pound prospect isn't playing it cool. He doesn't see why he should be expected to downplay his excitement.
"Baylor came to see me a few days ago," Iheanacho said. "Things are going really good for me right now. Coming out of high school, I didn't have any offers. This is kind of new for me, so I'm just taking it all in and enjoying it."
Iheanacho has already taken an unofficial visit to Texas Tech and is in the process of scheduling a date to tour the campus of Baylor. He gives "the next couple weeks" as a loose timeframe for his trip to Waco before insinuating that other schools will be hard pressed to top the Red Raiders.
"I really like it out there." he said. "I thought I fit in at Texas Tech. I feel like I can make an instant impact going there. I really liked it, so …"
Because of the distance, a trip to Vanderbilt will be trickier to set up. Iheanacho has no current plans to tour SEC country, but would be open to making an official visit to check out the Commodores' program in person.
"Vanderbilt is kind of far, so we'll just have to see on that one," he said.
The timetable for Iheanacho's verbal commitment remains loose, but he doesn't plan to drag things out any longer than he has to.
"You can expect one in a month or a month and half," he said.