Recruiters after Chavas Rawlins better go beyond impressing the 2013 Pennsylvania quarterback. His mom, Laurie Sutovich, likely will play an important role in his decision.
"My main concern right now is not really how far the school is away from home, but if my mom likes it or not," the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder said. "My mom is one of them moms that are hard to please. All women are hard to please."
Mom could end up with quite a few options from which to choose as Rawlins' stock continues to rise on the recruiting trail. He reports offers from Akron, Pittsburgh and Illinois, who offered the opportunity on Wednesday.
"I think things are going pretty good," Rawlins said. "I think back to a year ago and I never thought I'd be in this position. It's getting more exciting as the days go on."
The Illini started moving on the Monessen (PA) Senior High product about a month ago.
"Coach (Steve Clinkscale) said he really liked my highlight tape," Rawlins said. "He said I can move for person my size. At first they were recruiting me as an athlete, then after they watched the film they felt I could play quarterback at that level."
Rawlins attended a junior day at Penn State earlier this month. He unofficially visited Pittsburgh with the previous coaching staff but received his offer from new head coach, Paul Chryst.
"I really like Coach Chryst," Rawlins said. "He seems like a real good guy."
The trip to State College went well.
"My mom really liked Penn State, so I'm going to really look into them," Rawlins said. "I really like the coaching staff at Penn State. Coaching staffs are something I look into. I think stability is a big thing.
"'m looking forward to checking out a lot more places after basketball ends."
Most of the schools recruiting Rawlins view him as a college quarterback. Penn State sees him as an athlete right now.
Rawlins thinks that the North Carolina's wide-open offense suites him the best out of the schools he's reviewed. A quick decision doesn't appear likely for the signal-caller.
"I was thinking I'll probably wait until the middle of my (senior) basketball season (December)," Rawlins said. "I'd rather enjoy the process and see places that I've never been to before. I want to check out some campuses."