It's been almost a year and a half since Knoxville (Tenn.) Catholic offensive lineman Zak Tait has strapped on the pads. Despite that, Tait is up to two official scholarship offers with hopes that a productive spring will bring even more attention.
Most recently, Tait picked up a new offer from New Mexico.
"I don't know too much about them but over the past week or so I've looked up a lot of their stuff," Tait said. "My first reaction was that it was great. It's another one to have. All I need is one so I'm going to keep looking at all my options and figure out which is the right one."
Back in January, Tait showed that he was healthy again following a knee injury a year and a half ago, by performing well at the US Army Combine. Aside from that event, Tait has been working out and getting ready for the spring.
"I went to the Tennessee junior day and besides that I'm really just working hard," he said. "I'm getting my grades right and getting in shape for spring ball. Those are my two focuses."
With spring football approaching, Tait will be anxiously awaiting that first hit in pads.
"I'm very excited," he said. "It's right around the corner. It can't come soon enough and physically I've never been more ready for football. It's been about a year and a half. I just finished my rugby season so I played rugby to get in shape and get used to hitting."
Tait is also anxious to prove to coaches that he is all the way back to the form that had him named by Rivals.com as a member of the 250 to watch list as a sophomore.
"It's exciting especially for the spring because I know a lot of the coaches will be there and hopefully the colleges will see that my knee is much better than where it was."
Aside from his two offers from Colorado and New Mexico, Tait is hearing significantly from several major national names.
"LSU, Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia Tech are really up there and sending me a lot of mail and I've been in contact with other coaches but those four schools really the most."