For college coaches, many of these players are hidden gems.
The hidden gem tag is a perfect description for Caleb Scott. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound receiver out of North Gwinnett (GA) has seen his recruitment take off in recent weeks thanks to an impressive senior season.
Scott lines up on the opposite side of the field from good friend and fellow receiver Nate Brown. Brown, a four-star prospect, is regarded as one of the top receivers in the nation. For Scott, it was easy to get overlooked early on with teams focusing on Brown. However, with teams keying on Brown, Scott responded by leading the Bulldogs with 72 catches for 1,052 yards and 10 touchdowns.
For his efforts, his recruitment is starting to pick up steam. Scott already held offers from UAB and Appalachian State among others. He's now calls from BCS schools are starting to come in, including TCU who Scott says has offered.
"It's started to pick up since the state championship," Scott said of his recruitment. "A lot of bigger schools have been calling like Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Georgia. I'm a sleeper I guess; lately I've been able to show my stuff. A lot of the bigger schools had already offered most of their spots so they were just waiting to see what was going to happen. Just recently TCU offered; I've been talking to them since Monday."
Scott's relationship with TCU started just a few days ago. However, it's a previous relationship with new quarterbacks coach Sonny Cumbie that put the wheels in motion for the Frogs to take a look at Scott.
"I went to Texas Tech's camp over the summer and I met Coach Cumbie and built a relationship with him there," Scott said. "I worked out there and that's where he knows me from. Texas Tech was really high on me but I hadn't heard from them in a while. Recently Coach Cumbie called and said he got the TCU job and he said he really liked me and said he was sorry we disconnected. Coach Meacham officially offered today."
Scott admits he doesn't know much about TCU at the moment but he's looking forward to learning more when he makes an official visit the weekend of January 17th.
"I don't really know that much actually, I know they're in Dallas-Ft. Worth and they're a Christian school," he said. "I know they got the new coaches on staff and they're going to be throwing the ball a bit which is good news. I know they've got some pretty sweet uniforms. It's all new, I really just don't know much about TCU but I have been looking them up recently; I've seen all the facilities online. I'm taking an official visit in January."
For now, the trip to TCU is the only official visit Scott has scheduled so far. He's waiting to see who else comes into the picture before scheduling any other visits at the moment.
"Every school that has offered has been trying to set up a visit with me but I only have two weekends open in January for football visits and TCU is definitely going to be one of them," he said. "I think I'm just going to be patient to see if something new comes up to take another one."
With a 3.8 GPA, academics are a big factor Scott is looking at when choosing what school fits him the best. And good news for TCU fans, location won't play a factor in his decision. TCU currently has three players from the Peach State on their roster.
"Location hasn't been that big of a factor to me; I went out to Texas Tech and Stanford last summer and I like it out west a lot so location doesn't really matter," he said. "Academics are pretty important to me; I have a 3.8 GPA and I want to be at a school where I can graduate and be looking for a good job. I'll probably do something with medicine and go to med-school after if I'm not talented enough to make the NFL. I know TCU is a Christian school and I'm a believer myself so that's something that attracts me there."