Not only has Dorian Gerald gone the Junior College route, he spent a year at a prep school before landing at College of the Canyons in California.
"I was very under the radar coming out of high school and even after I went to the prep school, I didn't get any D-1 offers," said Gerald, now a highly coveted 6-foot-3, 255-pound pass rush menace. "When you work hard and you feel like you have done everything to be successful and play at the D-1 level, and it doesn't happen, you start to question things.
"But my family, and my grandmother in particular, really helped me get through this. I prayed and asked God to lead me, instead of thinking I know it all. I got around the right group of people and kept working and kept praying. I figured it was coming, but not quite like this."
Gerald now reports 19 scholarship offers, including an offer from Alabama, Florida State and LSU. In the last 72 hours, he has added Colorado, Georgia and Oklahoma to his growing list.
"Colorado reached out to me and I talked to the head coach (Mike MacIntyre). He said he loves me and wants to bring me in to rush the passer for them," Gerald said when asked to talk about his newest offers. "He told me the truth, what they need me for. He is a pretty cool guy. Colorado, and a lot of these other schools think I am the best pass rusher that is in JUCO right now.
"I had been looking at Oklahoma already because Marquise Brown signed with them from the College of the Canyons and he is a friend of mine. We have been in contact for a long time but they just offered.
"With Georgia, Coach [Tray] Scott is a great guy. He is the defensive line coach and he is who is recruiting me. We clicked almost immediately as soon as we got on the phone with each other. He is very honest and that is big with me. I have all these offers but I am still evaluating everybody the same. I am not going to look at a logo to decide. Whatever coach I feel I have the best relationship with, and wherever I have the best opportunity at, that's where I'll end up going."
Gerald admits he has a couple early recruiting favorites in mind but he is not prepared to announce his top group to the public yet.
"Before I say, 'These are my top schools,' I want to do a little more research," he said. "By the end of the spring, I'll know exactly and have it narrowed down."
Gerald recorded 12 sacks and 24 tackles for a loss in 11 games as a freshman. He is on pace to be a mid-year transfer next spring with three to play two.