Now one of the best junior offensive linemen prospects in the country, Stavion Lowe was absolutely right.
Earning the starting left tackle spot in Brownwood (Texas) High offense this past fall, the 6-foot-5, 296-pound three-star prospect saw the recruiting attention really start heat up after the holiday season and his tape was sent out.
"My first opportunity, I took advantage of it." Lowe stated. He played behind several seniors the year before.
"I thought I always had the ability to play D-1. When I got on varsity, I kept working hard and got a chance to prove myself."
Auburn was the first school to offer back in February. That list has grown to 10, with the likes of Arkansas, Arizona, Kansas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State joining the picture.
The most recent offer came Thursday morning.
"I was working out at 6:30 this morning, and my head coach came in and told me I needed to contact Coach (Charlie) Weis," Lowe began. "After we worked out, I called him and talked to coach (Rob) Ianello, and then talked to him.
"It surprised me. I was like man, I didn't expect something that early in the morning. It was pretty cool."
Notre Dame offered Lowe's quarterback Casey Pachall a scholarship a month ago, and likely saw his blindsided being protected so well on film. Weis and Lowe chatted for a few minutes.
"He was basically saying that he watched me on film and liked the way I finish plays, that I have good pass protection," Lowe explained. "He said I look like a good fit for their program and that he wanted to offer me a scholarship. It was cool.
"I think he is going to come down and see me in the spring. Hopefully I can take a visit but I'm not sure about that yet."
If Lowe did visit South Bend, it would probably have to come with an official visit. Lowe originally wanted to commit somewhere before his senior season, but now he's not sure.
"If I'm feeling a certain school, I'm going to go ahead and commit," Lowe said.
"I'm just looking for a good environment with the campus lifestyle, the chemistry on the team, and the graduation rate as far as the football team is concerned. That and the opportunity to play early."
Lowe has had the opportunity to visit Auburn, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Oklahoma. He might go back to College Station for their spring game on April 19th.
Lowe reported a bench press of 325 pounds, a squat of 485 pounds, and a 2.6 GPA. He runs the 40-yard dash in 5.2 seconds, and knows a few things about Notre Dame.
"They've been a pretty good school for a long time," Lowe said. "I've seen them play growing up. I'm not really familiar with a whole lot about them, but I know coach Weis was a good coach in the NFL with the Patriots. They're a really good school."