The message was loud and clear at Oklahoma's junior days this year. If you were invited, if you did attend, you were in serious consideration for an offer.
Even if it looked like it was just lip service or even if you felt the attention wasn't being given, the possibility was real.
It's not just a possibility for Arlington (Texas) Bowie offensive tackle Madison Akamnonu, it's a reality as he picked up an OU offer Wednesday evening.
"It feels really good," Akamnonu said. "It came as a surprise, but then again it didn't. It's tough to put into words."
An OU offer would have been enough for the day, but it was just one of three major Big 12 offers as Texas and TCU also extended the invitation to Akamnonu on Wednesday.
No surprise why it came Wednesday as it was the first day Arlington Bowie was in pads, and it's obvious OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh likes what he sees from the three-star prospect.
That's in contrast to what Akamnonu felt after the junior day. He said he didn't have a lot of interaction with Bedenbaugh and wasn't sure where he stood with the Sooners. He understands fully now.
Akamnonu said he hasn't really had a favorite college since entering high school, but his father certainly does. He didn't play football at OU, but Akamnonu's father did graduate from the university, helping make Wednesday a little more special.
"I definitely plan to make it back to OU," Akamnonu said. "I don't know when. Today has just been so crazy so it's tough to plan anything right now."
Akamnonu can now rest easy. Heading into the winter, he was starting to get a little worried. He said he was concerned about the lack offers. Colorado was the first school to come calling and the train has been rolling ever since.
"I want to enjoy my senior season and have fun with my teammates," Akamnonu said. "I think I might do it toward the end of summer – just announce it one day and catch everybody by surprise."
At 6-foot-5 and 270 pounds, Akamnonu is another prospect about potential at tackle the same as OU's other recent offer, Coppell (Texas) High's Connor Williams. It's clear Bedenbaugh is liking what he is seeing from both guys.