In the case of Philadelphia defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, it's safe to say he's somewhat of a rare breed. Unlike most recruits, Floyd didn't grow up following a favorite team or idolizing a specific player. As a matter of fact, he's relatively new to the game of football. He just started playing four years ago. Before that he was preoccupied with things that seemed cooler at the time.
"I was in West Philly being a knuckle-head," Floyd admitted. "I never got into any real trouble though. I spent time lifting weights, playing basketball, you know….trying to see what the girls like."
Little did Floyd know that with a push in the right direction, his early days of weight training would pay off. It's a moment he would never forget.
"After my seventh grade year my cousin told me to try-out for football," Floyd recalled. "So my 8th grade year, I went out and played football. I had like 20 tackles in 5 games. I've been playing ever since. Football stole my heart!"
After a great junior season which included leading his team to a city league title and a dominating performance at the US Army Combine in San Antonio, coaches have been flocking into George Washington high school to find out more about the 6-4 270-pounder. Michigan has been among those expressing early interest.
"Coach Gibson recruits this area," Floyd said referring to the Wolverines assistant. "He was here about a month ago. I didn't get the chance to talk to him, but my coach did. He said Michigan is definitely interested."
The Maize & Blue has some work to do if it wants to land Floyd. Temple, Rutgers, Maryland, UCLA, Stanford, FIU, and Penn State have already offered. Wisconsin, Georgia, Illinois, and Virginia might not be far behind.
If a Michigan offer does come soon, there are three factors that will decide their fate.
"Academics," Floyd said, listing his decision criteria. "I have 3.0 GPA. I'm just undecided on a major."
"The relationship with my head coach. The coach that recruits me is going to have me for four years, so it has to feel like a father/son relationship. He'll have my future in his hands."
"My grandmom... she has to like it. The school I go to is really going to have to sell themselves to her."
One thing Michigan already has in its favor is the signature of fellow Philadelphian, Je'Ron Stokes.
"I know him pretty well," state Floyd. "We played against him and his brother. Je'Ron's a cool guy.
Floyd knows the future Michigan receiver will likely be recruiting him soon. When that happens, his ears will be open.
"I'll be waiting," said Floyd.