But for OU's most recent commit, defensive tackle Brandon Glenn, that exact opportunity has fallen right into his lap.
The 6-foot-3, 275-pounder picked up an OU offer last week and took no time in deciding it was the school of his choice.
It has been for quite some time.
"That's been my dream school since day one," Glenn said. "So, as soon as they offered, it took me a couple days to let all the other offers roll in and [factor] into my decision, but they won me over with like the respect towards me and wanting me to come up there."
And the legacy of the program.
It's easy to see why when the two of them both emerged as first round draft picks in a Bob Stoops program that has thrived since he stepped on campus.
"It's pretty cool, you know, being able to experience all this stuff and just having the pleasure of getting the OU offer and being a part of that tradition and stuff like that," Glenn said. "So, it's pretty amazing.""
The Irving (Texas) Ranchview HS interior defensive lineman, who also owns offers from Kansas State, Houston and North Texas, additionally developed a strong rapport with his future position coach Jerry Montgomery, and that's another reason why the Sooners were a bit of a no-brainer."
I mean, he's a really good guy," Glenn raves. "He took me under his wing, you know. He talked to me about his personal life a little bit, so that felt good about him because like he opened up to me and I can open up to him. And I don't have a father figure, so he's like taking that role for me right now.
"So, he's doing what I need and that's important. I love all the coaches. They're all, you know, very good not only coaching, but being enthusiastic and teaching stuff to do. You know, they work out with the kids and stuff that are part of their team, so yeah."
Glenn and Montgomery began communicating about two to three months ago, and it strengthened from there.
He put together a strong camp earlier this month at OU in front of his future coach, prompting an offer.
"I kinda had a good feeling that they were gonna offer me," Glenn said. "It took a little while, but at the end of the day they offered, so I was pretty excited."
Something else he's excited about is the academic aspect.
Players often cite this as a reason they ultimately choose a school, some with a future career in mind, others simply because of an adviser or system they're comfortable with.
Glenn and his guardian did, too.
"Well, first for my mom that's like the first major thing of my decision making," Glenn said. "And it was all up to see like, does she like this school academically? So, after we went on the unofficial visit, we talked to the academic adviser and she was straight up with her and telling her what I'm going to do. My mom was pretty excited. She felt real good after talking to her, so that was a green light for me."
He becomes the ninth commit for the 2014 class, which currently ranks 25th with 860 points in the Scout.com Team Rankings.
With Glenn, OU has now secured four defensive pledges, including one on the line, one on the mid level and two in the secondary.
Stay tuned as the Sooners continue to hit the trails for more additions to their upcoming class.