Often times if a school can be the first to extend a scholarship to a prospect a certain bond develops and the school earns an edge over the others that get involved later.
NC State was the first school from a major conference to offer Matt Rotheram, a talented offensive tackle from North Olmsted, Ohio. Where does the Pack stand now with the massive 6-foot-6, 305 pound lineman?
"I haven't had a chance to talk with them recently. They were my first BCS offer, actually. I think they offered me in late January or early February. I haven't really looked at too many of the schools. I'm just going to take some visits and get some information."
Not long after the Pack offered Rotheram a flood of other offers came in. It was an exciting time for Rotheram, but he's still not exactly sure how it worked out that way.
"It's hard to say," he said. "I got that NC State offer, then I got an offer the next day, and another offer the day after that. I think it was just a time period when schools start breaking out a lot of film. Most colleges probably have a similar timetable for when they offer guys, so that probably had a lot to do with it."
Rotheram has attended two junior days at Michigan State and one at Cincinnati. Both trips went well, and he plans on keeping an eye on both as time goes on.
"They were nice. I liked everything about them. I really enjoyed the Michigan State basketball game," he said. "That was pretty cool. I just liked Cincinnati's campus, too."
He also plans on attending an event at the campus of one of college football's titans.
"I'm pretty sure I'm going to Notre Dame's spring game," he said. "The Blue and Gold game, I think. It should be really fun. They just want to see me on campus and look at me. They haven't seen me since like, last spring, when I ran into them one time. They want to get another look at me."
If the Irish were to offer they would probably find themselves in a pretty good position with the Ohio lineman. However, with offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Michigan State, NC State, Pittsburgh and Vanderbilt, they would definitely have some competition.
"How the academics are is going to be big for me, and how the coaching staff is going to be, too," he said. "Then there's what I call the 'football factor', which means how they're doing right now, their prestige, the fan base, and everything else, like the facilities."