While many college coaches believe being the first to show faith in a player can give them a slight advantage, the excitement of the moment is one prospects never forget no matter where they end up.
For Dorian Hendrix of Huber Heights (OH) Wayne, his first offer is one he's ready to look more into.
"I got offered by Illinois last Monday," said Hendrix. "It was my first offer, so I was pretty pumped up about it. It was a blessing and I've been waiting a long time and working hard, so I was pretty excited about it."
Standing just a tad over 6-foot, Hendrix knows some schools want to get an up close look at him.
"Illinois came in and gave me some information about their program and camps," said Hendrix. "They wanted to see how big I was and told me they wanted to start building a relationship with me.
"They also said they liked my film and wanted me to come up this summer for camp to see the campus and to have a chance to meet the coaches and have them coach me so I can get a feel for how they coach."
Will Hendrix look to make the trip this summer?
"My parents and I have talked about it and we're trying to plan a trip now," said Hendrix. "I'm looking at camping there and also taking a trip around several Midwest schools like Ohio State, Cincinnati and Bowling Green."
Beside Illinois, Hendrix has seen several schools visit the school to learn more.
Strong on the field and in the classroom, Hendrix is striving to finish his sophomore year strong.
"I've got a 3.4 GPA right now," said Hendrix. "My core is a 3.31 and we just received our interims last week and I had three A's and three B's. I'm hoping to pull them up to all A's before the year is out."