Considering his brother just two years ago went through the recruiting process before signing with the University of Arkansas, Allen, Texas quarterback Nathan Dick knows that there will be a lot of people waiting to see if he will do the same.
His brother, Casey Dick, was one of the first role models for the younger brother both on the field and off. As a sophomore, the older brother was the starter and helped teach the younger Nathan on how to go about the recruiting process.
"It was nice to have him there," Dick said about his older brother Casey. "We'd always help each other out with the different defenses. He taught me a lot that year. Plus, he just told me to do my best on the field and recruiting would take care of itself."
While the advice still rings loud in his head, Dick is already having quite the haul of mail just like his brother did before making an early commitment.
He even is going to take a visit to his brother's school first.
"I get a lot of letters and stuff," Dick said. "I'm actually going to Arkansas this weekend and then the next weekend I'm going to SMU. After that, I'm going to visit Oklahoma State and Texas A&M for as many visits or junior days that I can make."
Dick says he's still waiting on his first offer. His injury during his junior year where he broke his tibia bone on the first play of the game against Plano definitely seemed like it would set him back.
However, his team made it to the playoffs where Dick says he did well in two games before losing out.
"We were just hoping to get back in there," he said. "Our backup quarterback led us there and I got a chance to come back to prove to people. I ended up playing really well in those two games."
As for recruiting, that is definitely heating back up and his injury obviously hasn't done much to slow that down.
"I made honorable mention all-district so that was exciting for me," he said. "They haven't forgot about me at all. I'm just looking at all the schools to see which ones are interested in me. I just play football and then I'll see what happens from there."
The off-season has been productive for Allen as well. He says he's back to 100 percent from his injury and is doing track while also sharing time with off-season football workouts.