Jeremiah Salaam is itching to strap up the pads for the 2017 season, but is also in the midst of living out his dreams with offers flowing in on a weekly basis.
The three-star safety out of Frostproof (Fla.) High is staying humble throughout the process, but admits he was a bit taken aback following Saturday's game-changing offer from the Ohio State Buckeyes.
"My recruiting has went to another level, man; I love it," Salaam said. "(The Ohio State offer) came as a huge surprise. I rarely talked with them and they were very slow with recruiting, but finally pulled the trigger.
"We have a mutual bond, meaning we know the basics about each other, but are growing over time. I love that they love my style of play, which from film shows a guy that loves to execute."
Despite not possessing an offer at the time, Salaam labeled North Carolina as one of his top schools when chopping it up with Scout at The Opening Orlando Regional.
Now, nearly three months later, coach Larry Fedora and the Tar Heels are two feet in with a scholarship offer.
"Before I had offers, I had three schools I wanted to earn offers from, and those were Florida, North Carolina and Ohio State," Salaam said. "I love that UNC is all about engineering and setting internships for those interested, and that's a bonus for me.
"Their coaching staff is awesome and kept it real with me from the jump."
Tar Heels tight ends coach, Chad Scott, is a Polk County native himself who is also in charge of steering Salaam to Chapel Hill.
"That's my guy, man, and he's all about family," Salaam said. "He asks about my mom and stays on top of me about grades and what ways I can get better on the field.
"He's a real mentor and said even if UNC isn't the place for me, I'll go far."
Salaam previously dished out a top five, but says all schools are now on a level playing field after manufacturing an offseason to remember.
"I'm just taking it day-by-day, soaking up all the interest, and focusing on my play and what things I can fix on film," Salaam said.
Salaam has no visits scheduled at this time.