Hunter Mayginnes though he had an underwhelming junior season but was capable of impressing major college coaches this spring.
On Tuesday, the 6-foot-5, 325 pound senior offensive lineman at Hamilton High School in Chandler, Arizona, was offered a scholarship by Arizona State. It was his first major college scholarship offer and second overall after Idaho.
"It's a huge step for me," Mayginnes said of the offer. "At the end of the season I knew that I didn't have the best year, but at the end of the day I still knew that what I could do in person would impress coaches and I guess I really impressed them at the Maroon and Gold and big man" competitions.
With Sun Devils' offensive line coach Rob Sale watching closely, Mayginnes showed very well early last week with Hamilton at ASU's Big Man Challenge and followed it up with a strong effort in Sunday's Maroon and Gold Camp.
"I wasn't in touch much with ASU previously," Mayginnes said. "I went to a junior day with a couple teammates of mine, talked with coach Sale for a bit. But I think once I showed up at Big Man I tried to prove that I was worthy of having an offer and prove that I was trying to improve my status as a player.
"Ever since I performed well at ASU I've really had a good relationship with coach Sale. He's a great guy. He believed in me ever since the Big Man Competition and has been recruiting me well."
Mayginnes worked at right tackle with Hamilton but ASU looked at him as a right guard on Sunday. He said where he could end up playing in college could come down to his weight and overall conditioning. He's trying to lose about 10-15 pounds so he's in great shape heading into his senior year and beyond.
"At the start of last season I weighed like 295 pounds but I gained a lot during the season and was around 320 at the end of the season," Mayginnes said. "They said with my size they want me at right guard. But they said if I slim down they might put me at tackle.
"It was actually really fun (on Sunday). They had us do 40s and shuttles and I've never trained for those. I just tried to put in work and do the best I could do and then with the one on ones I proved myself."
Early in grade school Mayginnes moved to Arizona with his family and he's kept an eye on the local school.
"Every since then I've always been a local ASU guy, I've watched the program," he said. "I've seen what (coach) Todd Graham has done to change the culture and status of ASU and it's going to be an exciting ride to see where they go from here."
Arizona and Michigan State have been on contact, and Mayginnes is planning to camp at UCLA and USC in coming weeks. He is planning to allow time to see if other Pac-12 scholarships come in.
"I know recruiting is just going to take care of itself," he said. I haven't thought about it much since I've only had the one offer. Other than that I've been really focusing on the off-season and the summer, trying to get better in shape and ready for the season.
"I believe we have a really good chance to have a good year. We have probably one of the best offenses in the nation in my opinion, just because of how many receivers and other weapons we have on that side of the ball. We're trying to put any other stuff in the rear review mirror and just focus on the future and having the best season and holding that gold ball (for a state championship)."
Mayginnes is very excited about the prospects of playing college football at the highest level.
"I didn't really have a favorite team, I just love the game of football and college football is, in my opinion, the best thing in the world," Mayginnes said. "You have 18 to 22 year olds, in the best shape of their life, the most energetic, you feel the stadium vibrate and I really just wanted that feeling when I was older and I think it's going to come true."