But coming out of high school, that's exactly what offensive tackle prospect Chad Mavety did. Without the interests and scholarship offers he wanted from college programs, he hit the Junior College ranks in search of a second chance at being a top-notch recruit.
Mavety, now a rising sophomore at Nassau Community College (Garden City, N.Y.) has become arguably the top JUCO offensive line prospect in the country with scholarship offers spanning the nation.
Alabama sent new offensive line coach Mario Cristobal up north to see perhaps the top offensive line target on the top team's board.
"It's been crazy, but it's been awesome!" Mavety said Thursday of all the attention and its contrast from how it was coming out of high school. "Things went great today."
Watching Mavety participate in drills during the afternoon, it's safe to say an impression was made on Cristobal.
"He (Cristobal) said he was fired up," said the rising sophomore. "He loved how physical and how athletic I am.
"He said 100 percent, I'm his left tackle and if I come to 'Bama, he said I have the skills to be a first team All-SEC tackle my first year there."
"He said, no BS, 100 percent honesty, I'm the best lineman in the country," Mavety continued. "So it was a lot of praise, but he was just being honest and it was cool!"
The thought of a school like Alabama not only traveling to the Empire State to see the once-overlooked prospect, much less offering a scholarship along with the rest of college football's elite, sometimes overwhelms one of the nation's best.
"It means a lot" he admitted. "That (Alabama) is the best team in the country and going from a kid that didn't have any people believing in me while I was in high school to this is awesome.
"But I just want to stay humble and take care of business on and off the field."
While many schools have been by to see Mavety and more are likely on the way this spring, it has not sped up the decision-making process to this point.
Visits are still to be scheduled.
"I'll visit a few schools," he added. "But I'm not exactly sure which ones yet."
Mavety is one of just three junior college prospects in the country already with four-star status on FOX Sports NEXT/Scout.com.