It doesn't happen with many prep athletes, because you have to be simply one of the elite for this issue to even come up.
Who has offered me?
For Norcross HS (Norcross, GA) standout running back D.J. Adams, figuring that out is a process in and of itself.
"Well, I go home and check the mail, but you have to read everything, because you don't know what's an offer and what isn't," D.J. said. "Then I'll ask my coach, because some of the offers go there and he'll tell me sometimes ‘Oh yeah, here's a couple in the drawer.'
"I couldn't honestly tell you who they are all from, because I have been just going down the list of those I have had for awhile."
That brings us to the Huskers, a team Adams knows a little about, but when it comes to the offer, he's simply not sure whether the big red have sent him an offer in writing or not. "I honestly don't know. I'd have to look and see, but I just don't know right now," he said. "It would be cool if I did."
Adams, as he has visited a number of schools thus far, including Clemson, Maryland, Notre Dame, Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas and Georgia. And there are a number in the future, CAL being the one which is scheduled, that expected to happen in just over a week.
Back to the Huskers, though, while Adams says he knows a bit about the big red, and he even has a family connection, but hasn't had any contact with the coach in Lincoln thus far. "I have an uncle who is an alum of Nebraska, but I haven't been there myself," he said. "But it's Nebraska. You hear about Nebraska all the time."
With time ticking down to the start of the season Adams said that while he wants to get in as much as he can as far as visits, he's now sure that his decision won't be coming anytime soon. That was a thought at one point, even including possible early enrollment to his college of choice. But he's going to enjoy his last season and the recruiting process as well.
"We had talked about it, but after discussing it, we just feel it's better to just get through school and then figure out where I want to go," he said.
While Adams isn't currently ranked amongst the top backs, it's more than likely due to the fact that he simply hasn't been evaluated properly at this point. The 5-10, 212 lbs. back had 204 carries for 1,462 yards and 11 touchdowns during his junior (2007) season. He also had three receptions for 96 yards and two scores, helping lead his team to an 11-2 record and the second round of the playoffs.
The recruiting process could take awhile for Adams, but he said that even now some teams stand out. "I like Maryland a lot. I like the coaches there, the program and the atmosphere," he said. "I see them going up and doing a lot in the ACC.
"And I like Notre Dame a lot. It's Notre Dame. What else do you have to say and I can tell you that I haven't seen anything more beautiful than that place."
Adams admits that he does have a few teams in mind, but this process is going to get a lot more analytical down the road. "It's about weighing pros and cons and making sure to do all the research," he said. "Location really isn't important, but there's so much that goes into where I want to go, this could end up taking awhile."
And for Adams, he will probably have more offers on the way.