Allen (Texas) High School was one of the top programs in the nation last year and produced several Division I recruits. However, despite all the attention given the team it seems one player sort of slipped through the cracks a bit.
Offensive lineman Brad North recently earned MVP honors at the Nike Camp in Dallas as the 6-foot-3, 280-pound junior showed he was more than capable of holding his own against top competition. Shortly thereafter, he received his first pair of offers.
"I received my first two offers from Northwestern and Arkansas State," North said on Wednesday evening. "They actually came in on the same day - it was Wednesday of last week."
Though North had been in contact with both programs prior to the offers he was still caught a bit off guard.
"I'd say that the Arkansas State one came as a surprise," he said. "I had been talking to the coach, coach (Dean) Jackson, for only about two weeks. They just said that they really liked what they saw on film and that they wanted to offer me. It was a real honor.
"Northwestern, I'd actually been talking to them for about a month or two. I was just really that they came around and offered me. Just like the other one it was a really great honor."
North has also been receiving heavy interest from Boise State, UTSA and Washington State and a Big 12 program recently inquired about him as well.
"It all sort of goes through my coach right now," he said. "He texted me this morning though and he let me know that he got off the phone with Nebraska. They had asked for my contact information to talk to me."
A high school tackle, North will likely be making the transition to the interior of the line in college. It is an adjustment he feels he can make.
"I play tackle at Allen," he said, "but both of the schools that offered me said they wanted me as a center or guard kind of type. If I had to choose I'd say center just because there are a lot of 6-4 and 6-5 guards so center is probably my best bet to play.
"I played center for a few years. I played it in 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade so I have my feet wet there for sure. I haven't played it on varsity but my coach is getting me prepared to play there right now though."
As for early favorites, North says he is not ready to put schools in any type of order.
"I'm just kind of one of those people where I'm going to wait to see what comes in," he said. "I want to make the make the best choice for me. Nothing really stands out right now. It's a real honor to have both these offers I have right now but I just want to wait and see what all happens."