That won't be the case for Darrell Scott, the top player in the West and the top running back nationally.
After spending his first three years at Moorpark (Calif.), Scott and his family moved to Ventura, where he will play his senior year at St. Bonaventure.
And for a school that has had several top recruits come out of there before, Scott's presence on campus should make for a veritable "Who's Who" of college coaches.
Scott is totaling 30 offers, with four schools recently offering him.
There are two traditionally strong programs who Scott lacks an offer from and that he hopes could pull the trigger soon.
Oklahoma has offered Scott and the Sooners had a player that Scott said he's often compared to.
"People say I run like Adrian Peterson," said Scott. "He's a real good running back so its nice to be compared to him."
"I went to Colorado unofficially and it's a cool school," said Scott, who's uncle Josh Smith signed with the Buffs last month. "Josh doesn't really push them on me. He said do my own thing. But I have interest in them."
Scott also unofficially visited UCLA in January.
"Oh yeah, I'm most definitely looking at them, no doubt," said Scott. "I know they need a running back in this class."
And Scott also has unofficially visited USC.
"They've been very interested in me and I've checked out the campus," said Scott. "They're always playing for championships so I'm looking at them too."
"In a couple of months, I'll start narrowing it down, before the season," said Scott. "Probably like late September or early October, I'll make my decision. But for now, I'm looking at everyone seriously and I'm pretty open."
As he talks with college coaches, either via email, text messaging or on the phone, Scott said each school has been telling him much of the same thing.
"They're all saying, we'll see you in April, we'll see you in May at your school," said Scott. "There is going to be a lot of coaches coming by."
Scott said the transition to St. Bonaventure has been a smooth one and that he's enjoyed working with his Seraph teammates.
"I've been going out with everyone and everyone here is really friendly," said Scott. "The weight program has helped me add 10 pounds of muscle. I'm cleaning 275 twice and squatting 420 pounds and I'm benching 280. I want to go to state really bad so we're working real hard."
Scott has also gotten tight with Seraphs offensive tackle Vaughn Dotsy.
"That is a big guy, like 6-5, 340," said Scott. "He's huge and the running game should be really strong because we have two good running backs with me and Patrick (Hall, a 2009 prospect)."
Scott is hoping to end his high school career with a state championship and an invitation to the U.S. Army All-American Game.
The California State Junior of the Year, Scott rushed for 3,194 yards on 337 carries and scored 45 touchdowns. He ran for over 200 yards in 10 games and against Camarillo had a career day, rushing for 306 yards, scoring six touchdowns and a pair of 2-point conversions.
Scott said he is going to be fine academically and will take the SAT in the spring.