Perhaps it never was for one program.
Rated a four-star prospect and nation's No. 14 middle linebacker prospect, Claiborne confirmed that he will visit that program this weekend; TCU. TCU was one of the first offers for Claiborne, who visited the Ft. Worth campus last March. Before his commitment to A&M, the Horned Frogs were among his top three schools along with Nebraska and of course, A&M.
Claiborne has maintained his relationship with his primary recruiter from TCU, Chad Glasgow. He says the persistence from the coach is the biggest reason he plans to see more of what the Horned Frog program is all about this weekend.
"I've been talking to Coach Glasgow, he never really left and has been recruiting me the whole time," he said. "I thought I owed him at least an official visit because he's never given up. He was actually in town yesterday just to confirm that I would be visiting this weekend. My mom is coming with me. I still like them; I think it's a great school. I like them a lot, I really do."
In their first season in the Big 12, TCU finished 7-6 on the year which included wins over Baylor, West Virginia and Texas and a trip to their eighth consecutive bowl game. Claiborne was impressed with the Frogs' first go around in the more competitive league.
"I watched a little bit of it, I didn't get to come to any games but I watched them on T.V. a lot," he said. "They did well, they should've beat Michigan State but I think they did really good this year."
Among the key topics discussed when Claiborne and Glasgow have opportunities to talk is the depth at linebacker, or the lack thereof. It's been expressed to Claiborne through all of those discussions that he has a chance to come in and make a difference early on.
"Basically I can come in and play earlier, really early," he said of what Glasgow tells him. "He said they're expecting a lot out of me so if I did go there I'd probably be playing my freshman year. They need linebackers like a plant needs water. He said it's almost scary over there on how they don't have a lot of linebackers."
Perhaps the biggest recruiting storyline this season has been the number of players Texas A&M has committed to their 2013 class. Among those are six linebacker commitments. However, Claiborne says the volume of players at his position doesn't have an impact and not the reason he's visiting TCU. He simply wants to make sure he fully evaluates his options before signing day.
"No sir, I'm just making my final rounds before I make my final, final decision," he said.