Athletic defensive tackles are among the hardest for college recruiters to find. Therefore, when a prospect shows up on one school's radar, other programs are likely to come soon after.
One player who hopes that is exactly the case is Aaron Curry of Keller (Texas) Fossil Ridge. The 6-foot-3, 260-pound junior recently picked up his first offer from a Big 12 program.
"I received an offer from Kansas State," Curry said. "They offered me when I went to a junior day on Mar. 5. It came as a little bit of a surprise. It was nice up there. I liked the campus, the football facilities and the coaching staff."
Curry was able to spend some one-on-one time with the Wildcat head coaches while in Manhattan.
"They're focusing on me a lot," he said. "The head coach, he pulled me into his office to offer me a scholarship. They told me to wait until everybody else left and then Bill Snyder told me to come into his office so we could talk.
"We started talking about what I was looking for in a college and stuff. After that, he offered me. He told me that he wanted me to play for Kansas State."
Though his trip to Kansas State was his first of the spring, Curry has others planned in the near future.
"I haven't been anywhere else yet but I'm about to go to Oklahoma and then Tulsa," he said. "The Oklahoma visit is Mar. 21 and Tulsa is Mar. 26.
"I talked to SMU and they seem to like me. They said they're being a little slow on offers this year, though. They also want me to come to a junior day on Apr. 17."
Though it is still early in the recruiting process, Curry has a lot of interest in two schools in particular.
"I really would like to go to Oregon or Oklahoma," he said. "I'm just waiting on (Oregon) to come invite me to check out their campus. I like Oregon because it has ties to Nike and I could do well in business if I don't make it in football. Oklahoma is a legacy thing because all my family went there."
Despite Fossil Ridge struggling to a 2-8 record, Curry was a second-team all-district selection this past season after totaling 68 tackles and four sacks from his interior line spot.