It's been an eye-opening few months for Junior Angilau, who's undoubtedly enjoying this recruiting journey.
The three-star offensive guard from Salt Lake City (Utah) East has added several new scholarship offers in recent weeks, including Alabama, and it's been a busy spring evaluation period with coaches dropping in seemingly every day.
"It's been a long process to get here, but I know it's going to be a longer journey to stay there," Angilau told Scout.com.
The West region's No. 3-rated offensive guard took a big step in his recruitment last month by visiting Texas and he called it an important trip.
"Going out to Texas was pretty big for me," Angilau said. "I called my mom about it and she started crying. I told her not to cry because she was going to make me cry. Everything there was big and they had real good food. I ate Jack in the Box for the first time, some Chick-fil-A, some brisket, some country fried steak -- it was all great.
"I talked to the coaches about their offensive line and that all sounded good. I know I'm going to work my butt off to go both ways because I love getting on the field. The O-line coach, (Derek) Warehime, he's just real and tells me what's going to happen if I go there. I asked him if I'm going to get any D-line reps and he told me absolutely not, but I'm going to try real hard for that. They're high up there for me for sure."
Now that the Crimson Tide have joined the pack, Angilau said he hopes to make it out there for a visit, as well as Oregon, which also recently offered.
"The Alabama offer is very big; I can't wait to get out there and see everything," Angilau said. "I want to see a practice and see how the coaches work through drills. That's something I'm very interested in. I'm thinking about going out to Oregon, too. Coach (Mario) Cristobal is a good dude. I text him up and he always responds quickly. I text coaches all the time to see who really likes me, you know, and he's fast to respond.
"We've been trying to get out to Oregon for a long time. That was the first team I knew and liked when I was a kid. I never really played football, but I liked the uniforms, so it's going to be cool to get out there actually knowing football and what's going on."
"I'm checking with Sam to see if he's got room for me to go to Washington (this weekend)," Angilau said. "And with UCLA, it's kind of hard to stay away from L.A. and the beaches, so I think I'll visit. It depends on my mom and dad's schedule. Whatever works for them, works for me. Both schools told me OL, but you know I'll play OL and try to make my way to DL, too."
The 6-foot-5, 280-pound prospect has been to USC twice this year and said he definitely wants to get back to campus to see the Trojans again.
"They're way up there for me, too," Angilau said of USC. "When I was out there for practices, it looked like they were going hard and none of the players were pulling punches. They like me at offensive guard, too, but we'll see about defense. They're bringing a lot of Polynesian players in, which makes me happy to be able to be around my culture. I hope to get out there again and check things out. I really liked their weight room when I was out there. That definitely stood out, so I want to see things again."
Utah, the local option, is a school that has been on Angilau for a long time and he's been on campus on several occasions, most recently for the spring game.
"It was cool to see everything," Angilau said. "I go up there all the time because it's right there, but it was cool to see them play. Coach (Morgan) Scalley is my dude. He's told me straight up that he's keeping all the top players home and I'm a part of that plan. They're cool, man."
As far as a decision, Angilau said he has no plans to do anything soon. His main focus at the moment is leading East to a three-peat in the state title chase.
"I'm definitely going to take my visits," Angilau said. "I don't care how big the school is or if they aren't any good. The coaches are my big part. It's all about relationships for me. I want a staff that will push me to success. That's how I'll know it's the best decision for me."
Angilau has committed to play in the 2018 Polynesian Bowl in Hawaii.