That was the situation for Round Rock Stony Point cornerback Brian Jacquet, who was offered initially by Air Force: most teams wanted to see his senior film. But Jacquet's hopes for that were flushed down the drain when he found out that a knee injury he sustained in the offseason was probably season-ending.
It was really emotional at first," Jacquet said. "It was really hard for me."
But then, Jacquet had a glimmer of good news. The doctor told him that because of his youth, and the outstanding shape he was in, that he might be able to recover more quickly. Perhaps quickly enough to take part in the playoffs.
Jacquet has done even better than that. He's fought his way back so completely that he was spotted this week running and covering junior varsity receivers at a Stony Point practice, and he expects to be fully cleared for full contact on Monday. That would allow him to take part in Stony Point's Homecoming game.
"My knee is really feeling good," Jacquet said. "Rehab is going really well, and it's picking up quickly."
That means Jacquet could have several games to impress college scouts, especially if Stony Point makes a run into the playoffs. It's an opportunity that he relishes, especially after spending the first month of the season largely on the sidelines trying to help out the other Stony Point defensive backs.
Colleges have already told him that they'll be watching. North Texas and New Mexico are among those interested in his performance, though Jacquet said his main goal was simply to improve a Stony Point team that has had a harder year than is typical.
"We're not a bad team," Jacquet said. "We're actually pretty good talent-wise. But the little mistakes keep costing us in the end.
"I just can't wait to get back on the field."