First impressions can be very important in recruiting.
For one Texas High School prospect from San Antonio he was pleasantly surprised by his first letter from the University of Missouri.
Madison High School linebacker Kris Catlin got his first piece of mail from Mizzou this past week, he was surprised on what he found when he opened it up.
"It was an official offer letter," Catlin explained. "I was very surprised, I hadn't got anything from them except for the most important thing."
"I would love to get an offer from the University of Texas," Catlin said. "They are by far my favorite, I have grown up wanting to be a Longhorn."
Would that keep Catlin away from the Big 12 North standout Missouri?
"Not at all," Catlin said. "Missouri has a great program, a winning tradition. If Texas doesn't offer me, then I might end up playing against them."
Catlin will admit that he doesn't know a lot about the Columbia Missouri based school, he is very interested in finding out more about the school.
"Hopefully I will be able to take an unofficial visit there before the summer is over," Catlin said. "I want to learn more about the school."
Catlin, who lives in San Antonio, was aware that the Tigers played in this past year's Alamo Bowl.
"I didn't get to go the game, but I watched it on TV," Catlin said. "They were pretty impressive."
Catlin, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker who runs a 4.6 forty, earned first team all district honors after turning in 98 tackles and 2 interceptions his junior season.
According to Catlin, he is looking for a school with a great game day atmosphere, a place he can get a quality education and where he play college football at the highest level.