South Dakota does not draw many Division I coaches during recruiting season, but Sioux Falls Roosevelt class of 2015 offensive tackle Grant Schmidt is bringing them in. He added his fourth offer last month from an ACC school.
"North Carolina [offered] the week of the state championship, I want to say the second week in November," Schmidt reported. "I had talked to their coach a couple times on the phone, but it pretty much came out of the blue.
"They haven't actually seen any junior year film. I think they had looked at my sophomore film then talked to me a little bit and I think that's what pushed them over."
Since receiving the offer from the Tar Heels, the four-star offensive tackle prospect has gone about familiarizing himself with their program.
"I've looked at their program a lot," he said. "They do have a little bit of a tradition, especially D-ends and sometimes offensive tackles too. They have put a lot of them in the NFL, so that's pretty cool."
The other schools that have offered Schmidt are Minnesota, Washington State and South Dakota State. He was able to visit a couple of those schools and a few schools that have not yet offered for games this season.
"This year I went to a couple Minnesota games. I really liked it up there and want to check it out more," Schmidt said. "I really liked the fan base at Wisconsin. The facilities are pretty nice too. Nebraska's facilities are always nice and they are building that new facility."
Game visits were also taken to Iowa and Washington State this season, and the Hawkeyes reciprocated with an in-school visit this week.
"Coach [Reese] Morgan came through from Iowa [Tuesday]. He talked to Coach a little bit," Schmidt said. "Coach Morgan has been out to my school a couple times and I went down for a game. I think they are pretty interested. I might go back up there in January for a junior day, but I'm not sure."
Schmidt said he has yet to plan out his winter visits, and that could depend on which schools show the most interest in the coming months.
"I'm getting renewed interest from some schools. A lot of schools are waiting on some junior year film," Schmidt said. "I am really excited about it and I definitely have gotten some more interest. We'll see where it goes."