Kyle Kearns recently made stops at two SEC programs and the 2015 quarterback from Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill was encouraged by the messages he received from both coaching staffs.
Georgia and Vanderbilt were the destinations for Kearns, who still has not picked up any offers but is hearing from major programs across the country including Alabama, Texas, Clemson and many others.
The 6-foot-3, 184-pound prospect who looked good at the Rivals Camp Series in Los Angeles along with many 7on7 tournaments this off-season was impressed with both SEC teams during his stops in Athens and Nashville.
"The quarterback tradition at Georgia is incredible," Kearns said. "Coach (Mark) Richt played quarterback at Miami and coach (Mike) Bobo played quarterback at Georgia. They produced Matt Stafford, now with Aaron Murray, they have a pretty good pedigree of quarterbacks coming out of there.
"Vanderbilt is pretty much offering that they have one of the best educations you can get in the country and couple that with some of the best football you can get in the country with the SEC. Coach (James) Franklin, when he was doing his speech, he said there are only two other divisions that compare to the SEC and that's the AFC and the NFC."
Whether either school offers could be determined within weeks. Like other quarterbacks have been told, Georgia should have a decision on a 2015 offer in mid-July and Vanderbilt is similarly waiting until after the camp season to decide on offers.
Kearns, who recently visited Texas, is fine with waiting.
"Georgia said on July 12 to give them a call, that's when all the camps are done," Kearns said. "Coach (Ricky) Rahne from Vanderbilt messaged me on Facebook and told me when I need to call and I'll call him when the camps are over."
Clemson has emerged in Kearns' recruitment but a trip there this summer seems unlikely at this point even though there is interest. Alabama has also reached out to Kearns but his travels this off-season might be complete.
"Alabama wants me to come out in July but I don't know if I'll be able to make it," Kearns said. "I'll pretty much stay local from here on out."