A year ago, Houston Westside wide receiver Frank Iheanacho wasn't even playing football as he took a year away from the gridiron.
"I just wanted to focus on the sports I was playing," he said. "I wanted to focus on basketball and my family and everything at home."
The atmosphere of high school football brought him back after the year away, though.
"I missed playing with my friends since freshman year," he said. "I definitely missed the bond and everything. It brought me back out there. I missed having my shoulder pads on and so I went to play football again."
Now in his senior year, the 6-foot-7 wide receiver is generating attention from college coaches and has netted seven offers in the past month.
"I knew taking a year off would be hard, but I came back and I'm just trying to do what I can with opportunities," he said.
"They called my coach," he said. "I was kind of surprised. I hadn't heard from them. It was kind of a shock. I'm glad they did."
He said he has seen MSU play on TV a couple of times.
"They have a good ball club up there," he said. "It's good to know that I'm being noticed."
He said visiting Michigan State is a possibility, as with the new attention he is looking to visit schools.
"I plan on taking all my visits pretty much," he said. "Taking a visit to the schools that are interested in me. I'm going to try to take as many visits as I can."
With college hot in pursuit, Iheanacho said he can't really say what brought it on, but just wants to keep working hard.
"I'm just trying to play hard every time I step on the field trying to get my name out there," he said. "I know I came on kind of late and I'm just trying to do work and help us progress as a team."