Jayson Oweh had no offers a few months ago, so when Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson and defensive coordinator Greg Schiano visited his school and then extended an offer earlier this week, he took a moment to pause.
The defensive end from Blairstown (N.J.) Blair Academy also picked up an offer from Notre Dame this week as his scholarship count pushed past 20. And with the offers comes the phone calls and messages from college coaches, each asking for him to visit.
His next trip is Saturday to Penn State, but he is not close to making a decision.
"I am going to do something after my season," said the 6-foot-5, 236-pound Oweh, who transitioned from basketball to football after his sophomore year.
The visit to Penn State will give Oweh a look into the program from a different perspective. The last time he was on campus, the Nittany Lions were yet to extend an offer.
"Now that I have the offer, I feel like I'll see a new side of the school," Oweh said. "I will be able to see new things, and see coaches and how they actually act. I'm trying to get a better feel for the school."
Oweh already has a strong relationship with defensive line coach Sean Spencer.
"He's like the funny uncle you have," Oweh said. "He's cool, he makes loud noises when you're watching defensive plays. He breaks down plays in ways that are not too (complex), but they still inform you. It's laid back and makes you be able to understand it, especially for someone like me, who is new to football.
"He showed me techniques I could use for the upcoming season. He's laid back. He's cool."
The Ohio State offer had special meaning to Oweh.
"Once I got the offer, it meant I was on the national scale, that I'm a national prospect and I have to work even harder," Oweh said. "Before, I was getting great offers, but it wasn't on a national scale.
"It's a top tier team. It's there with the Alabamas, the USCs. The won the national championship a few years ago. They have a lot of great players, like Ezekiel Elliott, in the NFL. It's a premier program, and for me to get an offer from them is very big."
Ohio State, like most schools, are recruiting Oweh to play defensive end.
"I really didn't know much about (Johnson) until my coach told me that he is a guru, a legend of defensive pass rushing ends," Oweh said. "When I was talking to coach Johnson, he really sold the fact that he developed players, and that he's been in this game for a while and he's had an opportunity to go to the NFL, but he hasn't because he is loyal to his players and he likes doing it the right way.
"He said he could really develop me for the next level."
Oweh is also getting to know Schiano, who is from New Jersey.
"Coach Schiano is cool," Oweh said. "He's down to earth, a great coach, can talk to him (easily). He keeps it real with me. That's what I've noticed with him in the little time I've been talking to him."