Brad Lundblade is one of those prospects.
The offensive lineman from Argyle Liberty is regarded as one of the top linemen to watch for the 2014 class and for good reason. Last month the 6-foot-3, 290-pounder impressed many who were in attendance at the U.S. Army Underclassmen Combine. Several recruiting sites mentioned Lundblade as one of the top linemen in attendance, including FOX Sports NEXT.
Last Sunday he impressed again.
Lundblade was one of top linemen prospects at the Next Level Athlete Texas Top 100 camp, which also included Texas commit Demetrius Knox, Connor Mayes, Ty Barrett and several others. While those prospects hold early offers from various programs, it was Lundblade who took home offensive MVP honors. It was the second time he had won MVP honors at an NLA camp; he won his first MVP last April.
"I knew it was going to be hard this time because it's the Texas 100 and there was just a lot of good competition there," Lundblade said. "I just tried to come out and do the best I could and I'm just grateful that at the end of the day I was able to get the MVP. I was out to prove today that I belong in the top category of juniors and I thought I competed well."
While Lundblade may not be a household name to recruiting fans yet, that doesn't mean a few college haven't taken notice. He plans to attend his first junior day this weekend at Baylor and will visit a prominent SEC program in two weeks.
"I have the Baylor junior day this weekend and the LSU junior day on the 16th (February)," he said. "I'm just excited to go down and see Baylor and LSU. It will be my second visit to both schools; I'm looking forward to spending some time with the coaches and catch up on everything."
Aside from Baylor and LSU, Lundblade has received strong interest from another Big 12 program.
"Oklahoma State is coming on pretty strong," he said. "Those are probably the top three showing interest; Baylor, LSU and Oklahoma State."
Lundblade attended a one day mini-camp at TCU last summer. However, since that time he hasn't heard much from the Frogs but hopes that changes soon.
"Not yet, but I'd be really interested if they came along," Lundblade said of TCU. "I just haven't heard from them so we'll see."
As he waits for his first offer, the excitement for Lundblade to finally take his turn to enjoy the recruiting process is almost surreal. He admits if any of the three schools offer that it would be very enticing to make a decision, but he plans to evaluate everything closely before making a decision.
"It seems like it's been forever just waiting and now that recruiting is really picking up it's exciting to know in the next year I'm going to be making my decision on where I'm going," he said. "It's really exciting and I've been working hard for a really long time trying to get scholarships. Now that's actually coming along, it's pretty exciting."