Sometimes, there's no substitute for experience.
Because it's not that Jason King is unfamiliar with Colorado and Kansas. Both programs have expended considerable effort in their recruitment of the 6-foot-4, 295 pound offensive lineman from Little Rock (AR) Pulaski Academy. His summer tour of colleges included stops in both Boulder, Colo. and Lawrence, Kan. to get a glimpse at what the football programs and the schools have to offer.
King, who holds six total D-1 offers and interest from the likes of Arkansas and Ole Miss, is nearing the end of his recruitment. However, there's one final piece of input he needs to collect - the game day experience at both of his finalists.
And he wants to do it soon.
"I've been talking to (Kansas head) Coach (Turner) Gill about taking a visit Sept. 3 for the first game," King said. "It's a home game and it's at night. For Colorado I'm not sure, but I definitely want to get them done early, so I can go ahead and make my decision."
The Jayhawks have been on the big offensive guard for months, having invited him for one of the program's Junior Day events early in the year. Upon seeing King shortly after he checked in, offensive line coach J.B. Grimes excused himself to go view his tape - and immediately pulled him aside to spend some time with Gill.
Ever since, Kansas has remained in frequent, steady contact. King speaks with Gill every Sunday night, and with Grimes once a week - a practice he maintains with Colorado as well.
Because he missed out on the campus tour the first time around, his unofficial visit to Lawrence two weeks ago was a new experience - one he enjoyed immensely.
"It went really well," King said. "I got to talk to all the coaches again. I really like Coach Grimes and Coach Gill. Everybody seems really nice and everybody wants to win, so that's awesome."
Colorado shares a family connection with the Natural State prospect, as his older brother just graduated from the university. Having visited the campus a few times simply to spend time with his sibling, he didn't pay much attention to the football program - but that changed during his unofficial this summer.
"I love everything about Colorado," he said. "Boulder is just a really cool place and all their football facilities are really nice."
Though his brother drops the occasional hint, however, King says that connection won't have an impact on his recruitment.
"It doesn't make a difference for me," he explained. "My brother just graduated, and that helped because now I'm not afraid of going to a place that's far away from home, because I've seen how easy it is."
"Really, I should know as soon as I get back (from his visits)," King added, of a timeframe for his decision. "I think I'm taking Kansas first, and as soon as I get back from Colorado I should be ready unless there's one more school I want to check out."